Monday, February 20, 2017

Atrocities on Women – Frighten and Punish the Culprits

The abduction and molestation of a leading Malayalam actress is two days ago is capturing national headlines. Understandably so because the horrible incident happened in Kerala, which is considered comparatively safer place for women. Forget Delhi, Haryana or UP; women are not safe even in God’s Own Country!

The atrocity on the actress happened at night will become handy for the socio-religious-political obscurantists to parrot their anti-women parodies. They will reveal their argument that women should not venture out at night. They are the same group of people who prescribed proper ‘dress code’ for women!  The less said about their medieval mindset the better. They even don’t deserve condemnation.

Increasing atrocities on women clearly indicate that the Nirbhaya holocaust and the subsequent nation-wide outrage have not weakened the criminals to strike at will. Women, and for that matter, the common people don’t need condemnation, announcements, declarations or slogans by politicians. What actually needed is action on-ground. Free the police from political clutches. Let the law enforcing authorities clamp down criminals before they strike. Quick police action followed by severe punishment within a timeframe will certainly help reduce crime against women.

The dangerous situation today is criminalization of politics and politicization of criminals. There is no escape in sight from this nexus. Now-a-days crimes are carefully planned and executed. Political patrons and skilled criminals are proving to be better event management experts than professional agencies. With political patronage, even if something goes wrong, the criminals get away unscathed.

What is more appalling is that media coverage of skillfully planned crimes become free advertisement for the criminals and antisocial elements. In the current case, the alleged mastermind, Pulsar Sunil, is getting more media coverage than the criminal act itself. Politicians, mafia and other powerful antisocial elements would have already shortlisted him as the ‘hot prospect’ for planning and executing crimes in future. Even the police succeed in nabbing him, when the hue and cry dies down, he will come out on bail and continue his “quotation crime” activities.

Not only terrorists, criminals are also becoming highly hi-tech savvy. They effectively manipulate the Digital platforms and social media tools-in-aid for crime. ‘Management of crime’ has turned to be a lucrative business proposition for the so called experts with criminally inclined mindset.

Women don’t need sympathy. They don’t need candle light mourning or protests. What women and the society as a whole need, is a free and fair police culture to frighten criminals before they strike. This should be supplemented by a quick justice system to mete out severe punishment to criminals.

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