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Gun Minus Fire

The law on rape is still an impotent being

Gun Minus Fire
Ekta Sharma
Gun Minus Fire
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Wither Justice?

  • The cabin crew of the national carrier levelled charges against the pilot and co-pilot for molesting an airhostess on Dec 4, 2009, while in air.
  • 23-yr-old molestation victim humiliated in an Ahmedabad city court. Questioned in a humiliating manner, she went and complained to the Chief Justice in Sep ’09
  • A Finnish woman tourist was molested in Jaipur by three people in Aug ’09. Two are still absconding. One is out on bail.
  • A 27-year-old Indian documentary filmmaker escaped sexual assault as she was coming out of the 34th International Film Festival in Delhi on Oct 14, ’03.

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One would have thought the Ruchika Girhotra case—in which the young schoolgirl was molested by ex-Haryana DGP S.P.S. Rathore and consequently driven to suicide—would have triggered a renewed urgency to make sexual harassment laws stricter. Sadly, there has been little action despite repeated calls from civil society—and beyond. Exhaustive recommendations by the Law Commission to modify Section 375 of the IPC, which deals with sexual harassment and rape, are still shuttling between the Union law and home ministries.

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