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By Harshmeet Singh

It is time for girls to take another lesson. This time, from a person convicted of carrying out one of the most brutal gang rapes reported in Indian history.

Mukesh Singh, the driver of the fateful bus inside which 23 year old physiotherapy student Nirbhaya was gang raped and assaulted in Delhi on 16th December, 2012, said in an interview to BBC that women who go out at night have only themselves to blame in case they attract the attention of male molesters. According to English website www.independent.co.uk, the convict said that “while being raped, she shouldn’t have fought back. She should have just remained silent and allowed the rape.”

The interview was taken by Leslee Udwin, a British filmmaker working for BBC. The interview is a part of a documentary which is scheduled to be aired on BBC on 8thMarch 2015, the International Women’s Day.

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The Nirbhaya gang rape case saw an unprecedented response from the society, with millions of people belonging to different age groups, taking to streets and demanding death penalty for all the offenders, including a juvenile. The aftermath of the incident saw two major steps being taken by the government.

Firstly, Justice Verma committee was formed to come up with necessary amendments in the criminal law to allow sterner punishment in the sexual assault cases. 29 days and 80,000 suggestions later, the committee submitted its report to the government. While the committee favoured the broadening of definition of sexual offences, it rejected the popular demand of decreasing the juvenile age to 16 from 18.

Secondly, the creation of a Rs 1,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund to provide financial assistance to the NGOs working in areas of women security. In his Budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced an additional corpus of Rs 1,000 crore to the fund. However, neither the previous government nor the current one has put forward any concrete plans for the usage of these funds.

The parents of the girl have shown exemplary courage by coming out in the open and fighting for justice for their beloved daughter. And now it is up to the society and the authorities to ensure that their agony isn’t stretched too far.

Read more here: Hypocrisy in society

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the government would start a three-digit consumer helpline number

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Seeking consumers’ participation in curbing tax evasion, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on the eve of completion of one year of GST rollout on Saturday appealed to them to insist on bill for every purchase saying it would help the government check evasion and reduce tax rate on each item by as much as 4-5 per cent. He further said the government would start a three-digit consumer helpline number to enable them to lodge complaint against erring traders or any other kind of tax evasion.

Touted as the biggest indirect tax reform since Independence, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was rolled out last year on July 1. “I want to appeal to the people that they should demand a bill whenever they go to purchase any goods. If you start asking for a bill…if there’s awareness about this, then we can reduce rates by 4-5 per cent for every item (under GST),” Goyal told reporters here.

He said if any shop says that they will sell at a lower price if the consumer does not demand a bill, then the consumer should immediately file a complaint, he said. “We will soon provide a three-digit simple number which will work as a call centre where customers can complain. We will ensure full confidentiality of the complainant,” Goyal said. The endeavour will be to start the helpline number within 15-20 days, he said. A nationwide campaign too could be launched for creating consumer awareness about demanding bills for purchases made. “If everyone starts giving bill then competition will be on quality and customer service and not on ability to cheat the system,” Goyal said. He further said the government wants to reduce the burden of taxation on consumers but revenue needs to increase and support of states is also needed to cut rates where it is essential.

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With formalisation of economy, the government will have more elbow room to reduce rates, he said.

Also read: Out of Total Tax Fine of $15 billion, Apple Pays $1.77 billion to Irish Government

Goyal also assured small businesses if they face any trouble, then they can write to him and it would be resolved. He said amendments would be introduced to the GST law in monsoon session to increase composition scheme threshold from the current Rs 1 crore. The GST Council had last year decided to increase the threshold to Rs 1.5 crore and also decided to amend the law to increase the statutory threshold to Rs 2 crore. (IANS)