Enough Is Just a Word

India Today - - SNAPSHOTS -

The pub­lic mo­lesta­tion of a young girl in Guwahati re­cently con­firmed one thing above all oth­ers— that we haven’t learnt a sin­gle moral les­son since the last time. The year al­ready is speck­led with in­ci­dents of rape in ma­jor cities of the coun­try but what made this case stand out was the bru­tal syn­chronic­ity with which she was at­tacked by 16 mo­lesters. Filmed, abused, hu­mil­i­ated, she was also un­done by the erst­while NCW when her iden­tity was ac­ci­dently re­vealed by a key mem­ber. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Crime Records Bureau, vi­o­lence against women has in­creased eight fold in the last four decades. To ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion, the Cen­tre has made re­cent amend­ments to broaden the Anti- Rape law to cover sex­ual as­sault as rape, in­stead of just pen­e­tra­tion, and to pun­ish acid at­tack­ers with 10 years in prison. Laws and me­dia at­ten­tion not­with­stand­ing, we can’t help but feel that too lit­tle is be­ing done, way too late.

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