CRIME AGAINST WOMEN
The escalation in crime and violence is seen in its worst from in the case of crime against women. Rapes, molestation, prostitution and domestic violence against women is on the increase. Violence against women throughout the world and in all cultures prevails on an unimaginable scale, and women’s access to justice is often paired with discriminatory obstacles – in law as well as in practice. The international woman's year was intended to highlight the plight of women in this male dominated society, but it has in no way succeeded in improving their lot. Laws have, no doubt, been framed to secure a better deal for womanhood, but not too much avail. They have been granted the right of success in to the ancestral property, widow re-marriage has been legalized, child-marriage has been declared illegal, but all such measures of social reform have failed to ameliorate their lot. Healthy public opinion must be created against such undesirable, criminal activities. Films depicting sex and violence must be strictly censored. Advertisements and hoardings depicting women as desirable objects of sex must be severely discouraged. Both social organizations and religions bodies must come out openly against the dowry-system as well as the prostitution of women. The government should see that anyone guilty of such crimes does not escape scot-free. Special courts should be set up for the trail of crimes against womanhood. Women's organizations, which are now quite large in number, should carry on an intensive propaganda against such offences. Young men and women should also themselves resist such malpractices.
In short, the war should be waged on several fronts. It is bound to be a prolonged and intensive fight, if the desired results are to be obtained.
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