Time to act
The report of another minor having been abused, tortured and killed, this time in Surat — another barbaric incident similar to the case in Kathua, in Jammu — is numbing (“Minor raped, killed in Surat”, April 16).
We need to withdraw the right to call ourself as a civilised nation. In the conspicuous absence of deterrent punishment in India, it is disturbing that the crime graph against minors and women has only shown an upwards trend. It is obvious that the plethora of laws that enable the protection of women and children are ineffective. With prosecution of the accused being cumbersome, followed by prolonged litigation, justice eludes the families of the victims.
The despicable acts of brutality against minors, in Unnao, Kathua and Surat, only shatter one’s faith in the goodness of humanity. Reading about the horrifying degree of violence inflicted on the minors is sure to leave any sane person deeply disturbed. We have failed all these minors as humans. I hope that the deep sense of disgust and outrage felt by all citizens in India will translate itself into action.
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
The Prime Minister now breaking his silence over the horrors and asserting that the perpetrators will not be spared must be greeted with a frown. The belated response is not what one expects from our leader especially after his government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative, which was launched with much fanfare. The cases have sparked outrage and the BJP has not covered itself in glory in its responses.
N.J. Ravi Chander,
A disturbing and emerging trend now is the attempt to paint cases of crime against women in communal and casteist terms in an obvious attempt to diminish the severity of the crime. Those responsible for this need to remember that in the end it is India’s image that is being deeply tarnished. Have they forgotten that official data show that crimes against women in India are on the rise? India is fast acquiring the image of a nation where perpetrators are able to get away scot free while victims and survivors and their families have no hope of justice.