Time to act

The Hindu - - EDITORIAL -

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.

P.K. Varadarajan,

Chen­nai

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.

Aat­mik Ahuja,

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,

Ben­galuru

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.

Ash­faque Nadwi,

Hyderabad

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