Bank for women mere 'tokenism' sans social change: Justice J S Verma
Delivering the third annual KP Singh Memorial Lecture at Aligarh Muslim University, Verma referred to the proposal to set up a women bank announced by Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday during his budget speech and said that
"such tokenism will not deliver if it is not backed by a complete change in mindset, both in government and in civil society as a whole".
The former chief justice had led the three-member panel that looked into laws on crimes against women in the aftermath of the December 16 Delhi gangrape incident which had sparked massive protests.
"In any society, the essence of justice is fairness. The plain truth is that civil society cannot escape its responsibility towards fostering genuine gender justice in our
homes," Verma said.
The panel had recommended tougher laws to check crimes against women but the former chief justice was of the opinion that "no amount of alteration in the legal system will deliver unless it is supported by the sanction of society".
Verma said that "if the existing laws and guidelines for governance had been fully implemented, the ghastly rape which took place in the national capital on December 16 would not even have taken place".
But according to Verma,
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