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

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