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Woman's Era - - Editorial -

RAPE, JUS­TICE AND RE­HA­BIL­I­TA­TION

The Supreme Court of In­dia rep­ri­manded all the states over poor re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of rape vic­tims in In­dia. Af­ter the grue­some rape in­ci­dent of Nirb­haya on 16 De­cem­ber 2012, the cen­tre had es­tab­lished ` 1000 crore Nirb­haya Fund for rape vic­tims across the states. The amount was sanc­tioned for the sole pur­pose of rape vic­tims’ wel­fare and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. But af­ter five years, 24 states have not filed any record of spend­ing from the fund for the men­tioned pur­pose. Even union ter­ri­to­ries have not fur­nished any data on this yet. Mad­hya Pradesh, which had re­ceived a big chunk of amount from the fund, spent a mea­gre six thou­sand to six and half thou­sand ru­pees among 1951 rape vic­tims in the state.

Supreme Court asked the Mad­hya Pradesh gov­ern­ment what was the state gov­ern­ment giv­ing the rape vic­tims alms rather pro­vid­ing them a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion amount? The hon­ourable judges are right in their po­si­tion to say this. But, the prac­ti­cal­ity to im­ple­ment this scheme in to­tal­ity is not sim­ple. If the amount is given in one or five lakh ru­pees, the num­ber of false rape charges may spurt dras­ti­cally. But the present amount of five to seven thou­sand ru­pees is too not ad­e­quate at all. The cen­tre and state gov­ern­ment should chalk out a so­lu­tion on this and come up with a proper plan.

More than 500 dis­eased, men­tally ill and aban­doned el­derly peo­ple and women – vic­tims of rape live at Se­wad­ham Ashram in Uj­jain in Mad­hya Pradesh. Around 50 aban­doned women left af­ter the stigma and agony of rape, are liv­ing in this ashram. Thou­sands of ru­pees are spent for their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ev­ery month. The chil­dren born af­ter rape in­ci­dent too live with their moth­ers. The ashram is run by Sud­heer Goyal. He is called “Fa­ther Teresa” there. The or­gan­i­sa­tion is run solely on the do­na­tions given by the peo­ple of dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sions know­ing to the or­gan­i­sa­tion very well. The gov­ern­ment too sends rape vic­tims to this ashram but no gov­ern­ment pays a sin­gle penny to this ashram. The CMS should visit to Se­wad­ham Ashram as a pil­grim­age and Nirb­haya Fund should be used for the very pur­pose.

MODI AND RAHUL: BOTH COR­RECT

In the his­tory of In­dian par­lia­ment pro­ceed­ings, no pre­vi­ous Prime Min­is­ter has bashed Congress as harshly as the present PM Naren­dra Modi did in the last bud­get ses­sion pro­ceed­ing. The rea­son for this is that all the pre­vi­ous non- Congress PMS, ex­cept Va­j­payee, were ba­si­cally from Congress – Mo­rarji Desai, Cha­ran Singh, Vish­wanath Pratap Singh, Chan­drashekhar, Deve­g­owda, Gu­jaral, etc. Va­j­payee too was an ad­mirer of the per­son­al­ity of JL Nehru and Indira Gandhi and he hadn’t taken Congress harshly as the present BJP leader Modi takes.

Modi told, it is the Congress who is re­spon­si­ble for the long- time rooted prob­lems, like di­vi­sion of In­dia, nepo­tism in pol­i­tics, emer­gency, un­em­ploy­ment, cor­rup­tion, eco­nomic in­equal­ity, Kash­mir- prob­lem, killing of Sikhs and dis­re­gard to Sar­dar Pa­tel, etc. He said Gand­hiji too wanted to dis­man­tle the Congress party af­ter the in­de­pen­dence. He op­posed to give credit to the Congress for democ­racy in In­dia and said the sys­tem of democ­racy in In­dia is thou­sands of years old. The an­cient pe­riod Lich­hwi Re­pub­lic and Bud­dhist monas­ter­ies had al­ready a demo­cratic sys­tem in In­dia. He asked if Sar­dar Pa­tel would have been the Prime Min­is­ter, the present Kash­mir in­ferno wouldn’t have arisen! Ac­tu­ally, Sar­dar Pa­tel even cau­tioned Nehru on Ti­bet also, which wasn’t men­tioned by Modi though.

On the other side, Rahul Gandhi and Ahmed Pa­tel too were not lesser to Modi in bash­ing their op­po­nent. Rahul told Modi to shun away from old rhetoric and clar­ify how the debt amount on the banks, which was ` 52 Lakh Crore in the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment – has come up to huge ` 73 Lakh Crore in just 3 years? How the cost of Rafale fighter air­crafts, which was ` 526 crore in the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment has now been paid ` 1570 crore by the present gov­ern­ment?

This gov­ern­ment is play­ing on the tune of a few pow­er­ful busi­ness­men. Why the gov­ern­ment doesn’t clar­ify on Rafale deal? Lakhs of youths are be­com­ing un­em­ployed ev­ery month. By the way, de­mon­eti­sa­tion and GST have been launched, hun­dreds of peo­ple died. No black money un­earthed yet, but traders and con­sumers are be­ing ha­rassed in the new sys­tem of tax­a­tion.

The in­fil­tra­tion is still be­ing ex­e­cuted by Pak­istan and Modi is be­com­ing happy over sur­gi­cal strike. Rahul Gandhi said Modi has cho­sen to crit­i­cise Congress as his prime duty but he is ab­sent of his state-duty, what is the most im­por­tant. He is not car­ry­ing his duty tact­fully. He is okay to talk “Mann Ki Baat” but let the se­ri­ous talk for works takes place in the par­lia­ment.

NI­RAV MODI: THE LESS SAID, THE BET­TER

How­ever, “If you put money in the bank Ni­rav Modi takes it. If you put money in cricket, Lalit Modi takes it. If you keep money at home, Naren­dera Modi takes it #PNB.” – Rao Gopal.

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