Here’s what we owe the young woman
sible in a nation that boasts of being an economic superpower. Why is it that while we boast of economic growth numbers at the drop of a hat, there are so many other women like the 23- year- old who have to live and work in fear and humiliation?
The answer is simple. For all the rhetoric from Delhi, we are increasingly becoming a nation where rule of law is held in contempt by many. The message to the government and to lawmakers should be loud and clear – our current laws aren’t deterrents, be it for rapists or other criminals.
The legacy of this young woman must be that we create a framework of laws, law- enforcement and prosecution and a culture of zerotolerance towards crime and criminals, however big or small, regardless of caste or creed. New laws that are deterrents to crime, a police force whose mission is to make people’s lives safe and the prosecution of crimes and criminals that metes out exemplary punishment in the least possible time to those found guilty.
The government must act now, work hard to restore people’s confidence to create an atmosphere of deterrence for criminals, to ensure that Delhi and India are made safe again for all men, women, children and unsafe for all criminals.
That would be the true redemption of the debt we owe the young 23- year- old woman who passed away, but whose memory will remain alive with us for a very long time.
And to all those Indians who have come out in anger against this, I quote Thomas Jefferson: “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing. It’s a medicine necessary for the sound health of the government.”
The focus must be on why policing and care for citizens’ rights to a safe life is not possible in a nation that boasts of being an economic superpower