Here’s what we owe the young woman

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - ( The writer is a Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber)

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

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