On the first anniversary of the brutal gang rape that took place on December 16 last year, a group of students got together at Jantar Mantar on Friday to 'build' what they called a 'Damini Chowk' as a token of remembrance.
On the first anniversary of the December 16 gang rape case, two cases of rapes surfaced -- a one-and-a-half year old girl was sexually assaulted by a neighbour and the other os a 19-year-old girl raped in northeast Delhi.
Terming the December 16 gang-rape case as a matter of shame, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley on Monday said the protests against it was a silver lining because there was a guilt within the society that led to such largescale protests against the incident.
I was prepared for the news – like the other journalists on my beat, the doctors at New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital and many others whose lives had knowingly or unknowingly got intertwined with that of the 23-year-old fighting for her life. It was just a matter of time. Rhythma Kaul writes.
The protests following the most inhuman crime on the fateful night of December 16 last year which snatched away the life of a young girl who had a bright career ahead of her and from whom her parents had high expectations, gave an impression that a lot would change for the betterment of women.
There is little empirical evidence to establish what has really changed in the past one year. But what is clear is that violence against women continues to increase, be it cases of kidnapping, molestation, trafficking or rape. Full Coverage | How the dreadful night unfolded
Right from making rounds of the police station and court rooms to dealing with the social stigma attached to it, a victim of sexual assault has to withstand a lot.
Overnight, women's safety became 'the issue'. The investigation into the 16/12 gang-rape case was handled swiftly by the Delhi Police, which relied heavily on forensic and medical evidence.
The nationwide outrage over the December 16 gang rape forced the government to make sweeping changes in the outdated criminal laws dealing with heinous crimes against women.
Poorly-lit stretches, little space on pavements, isolated subways and unsafe public parks contribute to the perpetual feeling of fear and uncertainty among the Delhi’s women.
Three months after a Delhi fast-track court awarded the death penalty to four convicts in the December 16 gang rape-cum-murder case, their fate still hangs in balance as the Delhi high court is yet to take a final call on their appeals.
Finance minister P Chidambram in his budget speech had announced setting up of a Rs. 1,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund to be used to put in place infrastructure for better safety of women. The plans included putting up GPS system in transport systems and dedicated call centers for women safety.
A survey conducted by Parivartan, the gender forum of Kirori Mal College earlier this year, found out that around 70% of women between the ages of 19 and 25 felt unsafe in North Campus despite the heavy police presence.
Had there been a proper public transport system in place, the 23-year-old physiotherapy student, who became a victim of gang rape and eventually succumbed to her injuries last year, would have been a practising paramedic today.