In Mumbai, 117 rape cases have been registered in 180 days. An average of four rape cases are registered in Maharashtra every day. Is the government taking this seriously?
I agree that the figures are not promising. We need to look at this from two angles: The need to change the society’s mindset and to improve the systems in place to deal with such cases.
How do you plan to improve the situation?
Apart from trying to improve the mindset of men through awareness programmes, we also need to ensure that the conviction rate for rape cases improves. It is only 19% as per 2009 figures. If we have a compact judicial system in place and if we take stricter police action, they will act as deterrents.
What is the government doing now?
We have already started moving towards amending the law related to molestation to make it a non-bailable offence, which we feel, will reduce the incidents. As far as rape is concerned, we need to see that the accused don’t go scot-free and that victims are provided adequate support without being humiliated.