Justice At Last???
Well, the long-awaited verdict In the December 16 Delhi gang-rape case is out and sentences have been handed out. All four culprits have been pronounced guilty and all have been sentenced to die. A young woman was brutally raped and murdered and now justice has been served. So should we be rejoicing?
I hate to be a party-pooper, Athenas, but we can’t rejoice. Not yet. For this is just the first battle we have managed to win in the long, drawn-out war on crimes against women. And there’s still an uphill struggle ahead of us. I do take my hat off to the judicial system which ensured that the culprits got a punishment which befits the crime, but now, the same judicial system has an even more important role to play. There will be appeals and there will be counter-appeals. I’m sure of that. It’s up to our esteemed judiciary to ensure that these proceedings are dealt with in as short a time as possible. Those who may think that the punishment meted out was too harsh need only to read reports which document the unspeakable horrors she had endured at these people’s hands prior to death.
And it has another, even more important responsibility now. This incident is just one of so many which takes place with alarming frequency in the country. The judgement in the Delhi gang-rape case must set a precedent and act as a deterrent to those committing crimes against women. It should evoke fear in the minds of every would-be criminal who thinks women are easy prey and he can get away with violating them.
But will it happen? Why am I having this sick feeling within me that it would take more than just one verdict to bring down crimes against women? And despite the verdict, I’m still saddened that one of the culprits managed to walk off with a sentence which is little more than a slap on the wrist by virtue of being UNDERAGE. The judiciary needs to address that issue.
And I really really hope that the verdict and quantum of sentence acts as the launching pad for the change this country has been shouting for.
Its been a long struggle but finally the verdict is out and lets hope that we can have a safer India for women but for that change needs to be made, read more to make that change, try Who’s to blame?,An action can speak a thousand words and Reform Home For Rape and Murder.