After the inhuman act of gangrape in Delhi on December 16, the gangrape of a journalist in Mumbai has brought down humanity to its biggest shame again. The loopholes in the legal system has always helped rape case accused to go scot-free. It has ultimately emboldened the courage of anti-social elements leading to an alarming rise in cases of violence against women.
The Delhi incident gave rise to a demand for awarding death penalty to the accused. Seeing public outrage, the Centre set up the Verma Committee and accepted to apply most of its recommendations. However, this hasn't proved to be a sufficient deterrent, the result of which is the Mumbai rape case. Incidents reported from other parts of the city bring to light the loopholes of the Verma panel's recommendations.
The Supreme Court has held that capital punishment should be awarded only in the rarest of the rare cases. Unfortunately, rape is no longer a rare incident as cases are reported every day from across the country.
If death penalty is to be awarded to the convicts of rape, then laws will have to be amended. But, amendment has never been an easy procedure in India and it consumes a lot of time. Parliamentarians, law minister and law commission should take cognisance of the situation and make necessary changes for the larger interest of women and society.
Adv Pranay Ajmera
Water is the new gold
Despite the city receiving rain in excess this year, neither the water department nor the corporators are permitting the use of water in schools for cleaning its premises once a week. The filth on school compounds need to be cleaned by water. Vinay High School has kept its premises clean by using just a couple of buckets of water for the floors. But, our maid was told by a local politician to stop using water, failing which he would report the matter to the authorities. Now, our workers are afraid of cleaning and washing the compound.
I hope the police and the education department take note of the issue.
They should submit in writing denying us permission to