This time we think to being focused on this concept which is very crucial concept of the current time, how girls are safe in our country?
As currently we come with this news of metropolitan city like, Chennai, which obviously raised issue and questions on the girl’s safety. This is actually a 17 years old city was stabbed by a alleged person who is a few feet away from her college located on Lokanathan Street.
The girl was taken to the hospital immediately but it was too late and she succumbed to her injuries.
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A few days back 3 years old minor was allegedly raped by the bus conductor! Everybody, especially netizens are throwing light on these issues on the social media account, and blaming the system of India but in my mind I’m thinking about the girls safe’s in India or how girls safe here?
Why aren’t India’s women and girls safe? Who is responsible for their safety? How women and girls should ensure to receive full freedom and safety?
Nobody can forget the December 2012, gang-raped and this is really sad and astonishing to see still after 7 years of the crime, justice has not served.
We can remember when 2012 gang-raped took place in the national capital, it affected the whole country. People come in the road with candles and demanded justice, all women and girls have always thought about safety.
Yes, after the protest, the culprits were arrested but still, they are only locked up in the jail and the victim’s mother is waiting for the justice.
Now when we will be concerns about the women’s safety, we will be thought to limit the women’s mobility and activities as mostly people will consider this is as the strategy to ensure women’s or girl safety.
But again this is making sense that if crime with women like this consecutively happened with women how they can travel to their Office, College or school even.
The Indian women’s movement emphasized on the issue of violence—violence against women (or more broadly, gender-based violence that is directed at anyone by virtue of their gender) and this violence against women directly or indirectly way follows from structural inequalities persists on our society on the basis of the gender.
India’s library of laws dealing with violence against women and the women’s movement’s is actually focused on the various campaigns in order to removes violence against women, such as, the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation And Prevention Of Misuse) Act, 1994, which addressed the growing problem of sex-selective abortion) or to offer justice to victims, like, the very recent Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, which offers the growing numbers of women who work outside their own home a process whereby they can complain about sexual harassment).
As per the historically reliable and record —social reformers and social movements in India always focused on the social problems against women as well sought new laws or amendments to old ones which is for the sake of girls safety or women’s welfare.
Like, as well all know Raja Ram Mohan Roy of the West Bengal raised his voice against Sati System and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar also advocated on the concept called widow remarriage for the Hindu Widows Remarriage Act, 1856, to the Right to Information Act, 2005.
We think first about the law—because this is the primary responsibility to take care of the girl safety and the women’s safety in the hands of the state.
Regarding the girl safety and the women’s safety are expressed in paternalistic terms—how do we keep “our women or daughter” safe—our mothers and sisters, daughters and daughters-in-law, cousins and friends?
Somewhere Indian mentality is consists of the thoughts that the girls who were the western outfit are a slut, or it is the western outfit which insists guys molest girls or women!
But I want to raise this question that if western outfit for girls is the reason which affected girl’s safety then how a minor or infant can become the victim of the brutal crime like, rape?
This logic is extended, as technically we described home as the “safe haven;” we are aware of this mentality and fact that if women want to be safe, they should stay at home. But the home is not safe either!
I mean if you see some latest news of the nation, often we get to know even in the home crime against women taking place, like, domestic violence and all.
If the streets are full of pervert or criminals who are easily tempted into violence, predators lurk in the home. As much as in this article I’m mentioning of those people who beats and tortures their spouse or the relative who gropes, fondles or rapes the vulnerable, even sometimes some people thinks that the domestic workers are bound to provide them the sexual favor.
There are no safe havens for women. Nor, I believe, should there be. The idea of a safe haven will be only come ideally at the time when the paternal mentality of our nation will be changed.
Like, take this insists Swarna Rajgopalan is a political scientist who is continually working in the sector of the gender and security.
She runs a think tank regarded as the Prajnya in Chennai. She is also the director of Chaitanya, which consults in the area of policy and this will be ideal to say that this organization is working towards the welfare of women and in order to ensure the girls safety.
This debate or discussion regarding girl’s safety is going to be a large thesis, so moral of the story is; if we are keen to take care of the girl’s safety then we need to changes our basic mentality which is mostly against women or girls and their freedom or education which is still persists in our Indian patriarchal society.
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