New Delhi, Jan 2: India is debating as what needs to be done to provide safer environment for women. Is it harsher punishment or change in attitude among men? Perhaps the second one stands more strong. A survey report has once again reiterated what Indian women know already.
A recent report done by Hindustan Times says, "Ninety-two out of 100 Delhi men in the 18-25-year age bracket say some or all of their friends have made passes at women at public places, while more than 78% women in the Capital have been sexually harassed in the past year."
Now, what does that tell us? Should Indians not feel ashamed about their mis-needs. Why Indian males cannot treat their women properly? Even several other countries and international organisations have criticised rise in crime rates against women in India.
After the brutal gang-rape of the 23-year-old paramedics in a moving bus in New Delhi, the entire nation has come out in the open to demand justice for the victim. Protests have erupted across national capital and other metros demanding safer environment for women.
Expressing "deep sadness" at the death of 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim, United Nations human rights chief Navanethem Pillay has asked the Indian government to strengthen the country's legal regime to get rid of the "terrible scourge".
The UN high commissioner for human rights said rape is a "national problem" in India, affecting women of all classes and castes and requires national solutions. Pillay expressed deep sadness over the death of Delhi rape victim and said she joined Indians in "all walks of life in condemning" the attack on the student, expressing confidence that India could emerge reformed in the wake of this "terrible crime."
"India has shown through its social reform movements of the past that it can rid itself of a scourge like rape," she said, calling for an "urgent and rational debate" aimed at ending violence against women in India. "What is needed is a new public consciousness and more effective and sensitive enforcement of the law in the interests of women," she added.