Are Indian women safe in their own country?

Almost every day, we wake up to shocking incidents of crime against women that are reported in newspapers. Crime against women that include rape, dowry deaths, molestations, sexual assaults & murders are alarmingly on the rise in the country. Also, crime against foreign women who come to India with a tourist status, is increasing in number every year. This is simply an indicator of the fact that the country’s law and order situation is going from bad to worse. The recent Guwahati incident has left the country in a state of shock, where a young seventeen year old girl was subjected to brutal physical assault as passers by simply looked on. According to media reports, the onlookers even included some media personnel. How shameful and insensitive can that be?

Delhi, the country’s capital is a crime cauldron where the situation is going from bad to worse with crime rates assuming startling proportions each year. As a capital it should be a safe haven for all citizens, especially women and lead by example while what is happening is quite contrary. Even smaller cities as compared to metros are no longer safe. There are innumerable crimes that even go unnoticed as people refrain from lodging an F.I.R. fearing social stigma and the prolonged judicial process.

In a nation, where on the other hand, social activists are taking up issues like gender inequality, eradication of female foeticide or granting girls equal opportunities as men (social, financial, economic), the issue of safety of women needs serious attention. Special rights, Special Forces ought to be deployed to ensure the safety of women if India is on a road to progress. Counselling centres need to be set to help the afflicted women come out from a sense of guilt and shamefulness. Martial arts or other self-defence techniques should be taught in schools and colleges so that women can defend themselves in hours of need. Helplines should be set up so that immediate help can be provided to the victim.

India is probably going through a revolution where in some spheres it is surging ahead while in some it is still struggling to gain a foothold, its law and order situation being one such area. It is amidst such perplexities that organizations like Yuva Parivartan, which are doing a yeoman’s task by helping school dropouts to get employment. Irrespective of being a man or woman, married or unmarried, or the level of education, Yuva Parivartan’s doors are open for all who have the spirit to work hard and succeed. Yuva Parivartan’s efforts start with imparting vocational training to school dropouts, through which they gain skills. Application of these skillsets help these people to eke out a living and lead a respectable life.

For more on Yuva Parivartan’s activities, check out www.yuvaparivartan.org

Have Indian values taken a backseat?

India, as one of the largest democracies of the world is surging ahead to emerge as a supreme economic power in the coming decades.  With giant leaps and advancements in science and technology, infrastructure, education, etc. India will soon overtake many competing nations. However, on the flip side of it, the crime rate in India is also reaching new highs. It would be hard to find a newspaper today without a ghastly crime story on any day of the week. The big question is, what is leading to an increase in the crime rate in Indian society? Why is the morality of Indians dipping? Why is the value system of the nation eroding?

Terrorism has been haunting India for quite some time now. The Indian Government has succeeded in curbing the menace and restore some amount of normalcy in certain regions to some extent. However it is the day to day rise in crime that needs attention. Honour killings, rapes, child kidnappings, murders, flesh trade are reaching new heights each day. To add to this, our Indian politicians are too busy bickering amongst themselves for a power game, to pay attention to these issues. Indians have always been torchbearers of a strong value system, of principles, of truth. Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekanand bear testimony to this fact. Then why are these values eroding. Why is it that the new generations are unable to carry forward the legacy of truth and righteousness?

As a contribution to today’s society, Yuva Parivartan, an NGO dedicated to the betterment of school dropouts is doing a phenomenal job. With a national presence, Yuva Parivartan imparts vocational training to youth who have dropped out of school and bear the stigma of being uneducated. Such youth often resort to criminal and immoral activities for a living. Yuva Parivartan not only trains such youth but helps them gain back their lost self-esteem, self-worth and confidence. Yuva Parivartan guides them at every step and ensures that these youth are either self-employed or are hired by some organization. An NGO like Yuva Parivartan is doing its bit in showing the path to disillusioned youth and averting the creation of criminals.

Join Yuva Parivartan in its efforts. Visit www.yuvaparivartan.org for more on our activities.