By Tavishi Singhal
A year and a shattered dream later, ghosts remain.
Nirbhaya verdict quick but fresh cases pile up…..
These were yesterday’s headlines.
Good evening to one and all present here.
I Tavishi Singhal am here to talk about the safety of women in India.
Karen Hawkins said
“It is often thought wrong women have to stay at home when there’s a war to be won. But if a woman has the strength to bear a child, then she can swing a sword as well as any man”
The time of looking away from problems has passes. The silence on violence against women has been broken and now is the time for stronger action. It is time for action when up to 70 per cent of women in some countries face physical or sexual violence, when one in three girls in developing countries is likely to be married as a child, when millions of women and girls are trafficked in modern-day slavery, and when a women’s body is thought to be a battleground and rape, used as a tactic of war.
There is a lot of disrespect for women everywhere.
And it's not only about the rapes and murders, a girl goes through harassment every day. It’s happening every minute and nobody is bothered about it. India still experiences the brutal blueprint of female foeticide and dowry. And the worst part, the culprits are not scared of the law. As somebody has said, girls in India are neither safe inside nor outside it.
It’s been one year since the NIRBHAYA incident and where do we stand? Our government has supposedly done a lot.
Death penalty or severe life imprisonment for a rape cum murder convict. Stalking women has become a non-bail able offence.
Acid throwing and can get the convict 10 yrs. of jail.
A fast pace trial and 6 fast-track courts for disposal of sexual offence cases. A sum of ₹1000 cr kept aside to ensure safety of women in public places.
But sadly, like every other thing in India, these too will not see the light of the day....