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How Serious is the #Indian Government About Tackling #Crimes Against #Women?

March 25, 2013

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.

zero toleranceThe 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.”

For other newspaper reports of incidents of violence against women and girls in India CLICK HERE. What are the 6 Ways Women and Girls are Killed in India? To watch a video CLICK HERE.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. asha kachru permalink
    March 25, 2013 1:05 pm

    sheisse, that is shit in german, is what i want to say to this horrible incident with the young girl havng to committ suicide for no fault of hers. and the culprit as well as the police running their business as usual, not getting any punishment at all. i am in germany and i wonder if the politicians here could allow themselves such freedom as have sonia gandhi and rahul gandhi. they would long have been fired out. also this stupid socialist (?) sharad yadav, he has long been making anti-women statements. he too should be thrown out of politics. when will we do this, women and men of india?

    • April 5, 2013 11:12 am

      True Asha! People keep talking about getting more women into leadership positions in India. Here we have Sonia Gandhi, voted by Forbes to be the 6th most powerful woman in the world! And first she waits one week and massive protests to say one pathetic line about the young woman gang raped and killed in Delhi. And after all this, she doesn’t even see fit to be in Parliament to vote on the crimes against women bill! The other female politicians — Mamta Banerjee, Mayawati, to name a few are just as bad or worse! In the end we need leaders with conscience and sense regardless of whether they are male or female who will ensure justice is done for the women of India.

    • April 5, 2013 2:25 pm

      so true Rita dear. women like you and me could do a lot, but then….

  2. March 27, 2013 9:59 pm

    I think they should know better to treat women and girls equal as men and boys. men and boys need to learn to understand women and learn to respect women and girls. men and boys should not rape and molested any girls or women. that is so wrong. i want see this improve with women and girls getting same equal rights as men and boys are. I believe the religion has to do with it . it should be banned like bad religion thats affecting these women or girls. like no education, can go see dr anytime, can drive, things like that women has every rights as everyone do. i want see law change against men and boys get charged if they rape or molested anyone or bully to women should be charged like fined and some jail time. to teach these people that women and girls are not some kind of thing to them not right. Men and boys need to wake up and respect women and girls. thats how i believe this. EQUAL RIGHTS. NO MATTER WHAT IT IS. SHOULD BE TREATED SAME AS BOYS AND MEN ARE.

    • March 29, 2013 11:41 am

      We think most people understand it is not legal or moral to rape and or kill. People do it because they know they can do it, and never be held accountable by the system.

  3. March 28, 2013 4:58 am

    Another reason to not Visit or buy goods from India lets see how the government responds.
    NO one needs to commit suicide to get help from the police. SHAME on the government and the police!

    • March 29, 2013 11:39 am

      That is what the public should be telling their governments in the west. Unfortunately, governments universally don’t care. In 2002, in the state of Gujarat, thousands of Muslims were attached, women were dragged out onto the streets, gang raped by mobs and killed in the open. The chief minister, Naredra Modi, sat back and watch this mass attack, rape and killing of a community, and allowed it to go on till the public had satisfied its blood lust. After that many western governments banned him holding him accountable for this pogrom. But this is a state that goes the extra miles for multinational businesses. So now Europe and the U.S. have forgiven him and are embracing and welcoming him! He has never been tried, and most of the families never got justice!

    • March 29, 2013 9:19 pm

      This is all so shocking, but it does reveal the power and potential of the Internet in terms of building awareness across nations and giving people a tool to make their voices heard and put pressure on governments. That’s all we can do, it’s our only hope to change things. As a “Western” woman I’ve had it so much better than my counterparts in other parts of the world, though violence and discrimination against women abounds here, too. I am not surprised about EU and US “forgiveness” when business is at stake. Shameful and hypocritical, but that’s the way the system works.

    • April 7, 2013 6:55 pm

      Michelle, You are right about the power of the internet in raising awareness. But at the end of the day, the suffering victims have to come out on the streets as we saw in Delhi last December. They had the support of many sympathetic men as well which helped to change the laws of India. But now the battle is on for prompt implementation of those laws. You are right about the glass ceiling for women being quite high in the West as well. At least you suffer less from the relative disadvantages of women.

    • March 31, 2013 8:01 pm

      Support this idea! Do not buy ANY GOODS from India!…..The whole world- other countries, must put restrictions on trading with India….SANCTIONS…..!!!!Until the Female population are protected against MEN—–who behave like wild animals, STOP raping women…..Respect women as you are supposed to RESPECT yourself….RESPECT starts with self…..

  4. March 29, 2013 2:41 am

    I read in Asian Age in Britain that the new bill is designed to punish stalkers as well as voyeurs along with those convicted of sexual harassment and sexual assaults. Is that not so? The women of India need a very strong law with prompt justice. I also read that police officers who ignore such crimes would be prosecuted. We need everything we can get!

    • March 29, 2013 11:34 am

      Samir — there are laws against dowry, dowry murder, female infanticide, feticide, — but if laws are not implemented, they are a joke. That’s the real problem.

  5. Dave Kisor permalink
    April 1, 2013 2:51 pm

    That Yadav character needs to be brought into the present, as he seems content with living in the past.

  6. Aldin permalink
    April 3, 2013 5:33 pm

    Forced works on shackles. All day. Prison, only to sleep. No TV, or other entertainments. This is the way to stop rapists, gangs, criminals and assassins.

  7. Lilly permalink
    April 3, 2013 10:59 pm

    women are believed to be silly, simple minded, and foolish. they “whine” and “nag”.
    these ideas are what is behind the behaviour of the police.
    they listen to a woman complain, and all they hear is “woman bitching. blah blah blah”.

    they used to do this to black people who complained about any kind of crime – they ignored them, or even went after the person who complained.
    women are usually punished in some way for complaining about rape or stalking or abuse.
    either by family, society, or the police, just as black people used to be, and sometimes still are.

    but still, all anyone hears is “blah blah blah”.
    because they truly think women are just not worth caring about – you look more manly the less you seem to care about women’s issues.
    which are really just human rights issues.
    but blah blah, right?
    make a joke, turn away, look more manly.
    and leave some little girl to kill herself in desperation.

    • April 3, 2013 11:53 pm

      True, and the oppressed community resists. But our struggle here is that women in India jump up often to defend, to rationalize, to explain their own annihilation !!!!

  8. April 8, 2013 10:46 pm

    the country isn’t gonna change any sooner with all these good-for-nothing, free loaders sitting there in the parliament. what tangible change have we seen so far even after all the big hoo-ha following the delhi rape incident? nothing is gonna make a difference if the people who have been put in a position to bring about change are busy playing power games and filling up their coffers. what change can we expect from our leaders when the meanings of ‘accountability’ and ‘credibility’ are totally lost on them? how long do we (women) continue crying hoarse for a change that we so desire? i want my daughter to grow up in a place where she’s free to go wherever she wants to, do whatever she wants to do without any fear, with her head held high. i don’t think that’s asking for too much.

  9. Prasad Shirahatti permalink
    June 11, 2013 9:22 am

    our PM, President and CM of Delhi and all prominent political leaders were silent some of them commented in a manner which shows their attitude to words women. hw come these fellow are going to solve the problem

  10. asha kachru permalink
    June 12, 2013 8:50 pm

    thats why we have to throw this govt. out as Mark Tully says:

  11. June 26, 2013 5:29 pm

    All we basically need is for our generation to wake up now. It’s been a very ugly reality and each and everyone of us has wasted enough time dreaming about a decent India (I dare not use the word “perfect”)

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