Has anything really changed during last five years?The Supreme Court has given the final verdict in the 'Nirbhaya' case. It has been five years since the horrific incident shook the conscience of our country. Immediately after the verdict, the television channels have started shouting through the roof. Some experts and women activists hail the judgement. Some get diverted and talk about justification of death penalty in India. Some have started discussing whether this crime comes under 'rarest of the rare category', or not. The same drama is also being enacted (but at lower level) in newspapers and periodicals.
In the cacophony, two main issues get neglected. What about women's safety in the country? Has anything really changed during last five years? Even during this year's new year celebration, there was mass molestation in Bengaluru, which is considered the IT hub and one of the safest cities for women in the country. So, I think nothing substantial has changed on the gorund. Women are not safe in major cities during odd hours. Women are not safe on highways in the country during odd hours. Women who have to go to the fields to relieve themselves, are not safe in the morning. Then why are we shouting so much in television studios? Then why are we writing articles using bombastic words in newspapers?
Additionally, the juvenile rapist in the 'Nirbhaya' case, who was reported to be the most violent, has been roaming scot-free. Not only that, it was also reported some months before that he was indoctrinated in jihadi ideology in the juvenile centre where he remained for some years. So, I think common people have the right to know whether the Government and the Police are keeping track of this 'terrible' young man's movement nowadays, or not. Do the Government and Police monitoring his activities nowadays? Surprisingly, no channel or newspaper has raised this pertinent issue.