How Serious is the #Indian Government About Tackling #Crimes Against #Women?
Lucknow, U.P., March 17, 2013,
A 16-year-old girl from Moradabad, who was being sexually harassed and stalked by a man named Danish, committed suicide by setting herself on fire after the police refused to act on the complaint her family had filed against her harasser.
Why do police authorities repeatedly dismiss complaints by women about sexual harassment and rape?
And why does the government not hold its various offices and officers accountable to gross negligence of duty?
The response of the members of parliament and India’s senior most leaders speaks volumes for the government’s attitude.
The criminal law amendment bill, providing stringent punishment for crimes against women, was perhaps one of the most anticipated and important bills to go through the Indian Parliament in recent times.
When the Indian Parliament voted on the crimes against women bill in March 2013, only 36% Members of Parliament were in attendance.
The country’s most powerful leader, Sonia Gandhi, was conspicuously absent! As was her son, Rahul Gandhi, the second in command, and heir apparent in the ruling party.
During the discussion of the bill, one politician, Sharad Yadav complained about the anti-stalking law. He said, “Everyone has stalked women at some point in their lives…. Stalking is a norm in the country.”