I normally do not like to blog on news reported on TOI. However, after getting to know that the original information comes from a survey done by an NGO called Prayas in association with UNICEF, I decided to post on this.
Read the full article on sexual abuse on kids in India here.
On a much broader note, abuse against women in public in India is widely rampant. I am sure many who come from my hometown of Hyderabad in India will realize how they themselves were witnesses to seemingly harmless acts of abuse on roads, buses and busy public junctions, particularly against women. "Eve-teasing", as it is popularly referred to is a lot more than teasing - often it is an assault on the self-esteem of these hapless women. They lose their sense of security, suffer public humiliation and cannot dare retaliate against their offenders, lest they become vengeful. The police is spineless and often lack the conviction due to their indifference and that of the judicial system against such crimes. The penalties to offenders, when found guilty for such crimes, are often petty and a disgrace to the judicial establishment.
Acts of abuse against women and children should be treated with utmost severity with zero tolerance. Offenders should be subjected severe punishment with no provision for easy bail and compulsory jail time and community service (cleaning open public toilets with a tag saying they were abusers sounds good to me). I know that our country does not have a system that has the spine to act with conviction against such crime. Change has to come from within. Social taboo against the offenders is often absent or is not manifested in such a way as to deter them from future acts. We hear people saying things like, " the girl dressed inappropriately - inviting the abuse". Is it not time for change Is it not time for us to start treating women with more respect ?
it is not enough if we pat each other's backs in public saying ours is the land of "Sita". We better act accordingly.