Enough Is Just a Word
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.