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New Delhi: The parents of Nirbhaya, who was brutally gang-raped here on December 16, 2012, were upset on Wednesday and fiercely opposed the release of the convict who was found to be a juvenile at the time of the crime.

“If a juvenile commits a heinous crime, he must be kept with wild animals. We must not set them free. Our laws are flawed. The juvenile laws should be made applicable only for the people committing petty crimes, not for heinous crimes,” Nirbhaya’s father Badrinath said here, as the convict gets ready to walk free on December 20.

Badrinath said he will continue his fight to seek justice for his daughter.

“It is quite agonising. Do not know if Indian women will ever have a safe and secure environment. We will keep fighting. It will help my daughter’s soul rest in peace,” he added.

Ranjana Kumari, director, Centre for Social Research (CSR), also spoke on the occasion to mark the third anniversary of the horrifying gang rape.

“A lot needs to be done. We will find ourselves nowhere in our fight against women if we work with the proverbial approach of ‘slow and steady wins the race’. We need to involve schools, colleges, universities, police and other stakeholders to taking on the menace of crime against women,” Ranjana Kumari said.

She pointed out that the Nirbhaya fund, unused since its initial announcement in 2013, needs to be utilized to provide a safer environment for women.

She cited National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data and said that an increase of 9.2 percent was reported in crime against women during 2014 as compared to 2013.

According to the NCRB report, there were 3,37,922 cases of crime against women in 2014 as compared to 3,09,546 such cases in 2013.

Lalitha Kumarmangalam, the chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW), said: “We at the NCW are working to devise a multi-pronged strategy to ensure swift action and speedy trial in cases of crime against women.” (IANS, Image:Quint)

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India Turning into a Rape Epidemic-afflicted Country: Tanushree Dutta

India becoming rape epidemic-afflicted nation: Tanushree

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'MeToo Movement' is far bigger than me: Tanushree Dutta.

Tanushree Dutta feels India is turning into a rape epidemic-afflicted country.

“Our great nation India has been slowly and steadily turning into a Rape epidemic afflicted country! The Unnao rape case and the unfoldment of it a horrific reminder of the state of affairs,” the actress said in a statement she issued reacting on the Unnao rape case on Monday.

Taking a dig at the judgemental tendency of people, her statement further reads: “A large portion of news coming out of India is about women and children getting raped, gang-raped, killed by mass female infanticide, burnt for dowry or killed after rape in a brutal gory fashion, or lately goats and dogs getting raped even etc etc.. Like seriously who in their right mind still feels high and mighty about our so-called “sanskaari” culture blah blah blah.. that we tell ourselves to judge the rest of the world that wears shorts and bikinis? There are places in the world where women literally lie down nude on beaches and no rapes or eve-teasing even happens. How are you the “sanskaari” lot then may I ask where women, regardless of whether fully covered or not are attacked rampantly?”

#MeToo, women, sexual harassment
Bollywood actress Tanushree Datta presents a creation by designer Sanjeet Anand at the Bangalore Fashion Week in Bangalore, India. VOA

Urging that the people of India need to have a change in their mentality, the actress added: “The problem then is not the cover but your mentality. Open your eyes and understand the darkness that is drowning this Nation Its ironic that for a population that by and large has got its nose pretty high up in the air about it’s so-called value system; Rapes are an epidemic across urban as well as rural India. Time to perhaps reassess your values? Or maybe tweak them a bit to accommodate compassion?”

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“Rape, depression, drugs and suicide are killing the youth!! Why this rampant decline in human happiness quotient? Have we placed moral, religious and societal values above human values? Then this is the logical end result. Anarchy, pain, suffering and horror! Turn back now people into a state of innocence that you were like as children or a time will come when this darkness will consume everybody in one way or another. There is a need to renew the mind and thought-process of 1.6 billion people. Internal transformation is urgently needed,” she concluded. (IANS)