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Monday, March 4, 2013

Amidst news of rapes and cruel acts.. read this one on a motivating teacher

As you read newspapers, or hear news, there mostly are the ones about crimes and wrongful acts of people….  Whether the media is focussing on such social evils or the frequency of occurrences makes them so is a paradox…

Nirbhaya passed away on 29th Dec 12 after that brutal attack on her in a bus…….. Nation protested and many came to streets – nothing of that sort is going to change is perhaps the message when you sadly read about another rape in New Delhi, this time on a minor 7 year old girl.  There are reports that 5 staff members, including the principal, of a municipal school have been arrested and sentenced.   As is usual a five-member committee to inquire and fix the responsibility of omissions/commissions in the sexual assault case has been set-up.

Elsewhere, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde displayed callousness and lack of concern in Rajya Sabha by displaying insensitivity as he named the three sisters who were raped and killed in Bhandara district in Maharashtra recently. The ministry, through the Press Information Bureau (PIB) , also issued the unedited statement of the minister an hour after the Rajya Sabha chair ordered that the names be expunged.

It is reported that as the Upper House took up the debate over the heinous crime—in which the police are yet to arrest culprits—Shinde made a statement and named the three sisters. The blunder was pointed out by Opposition Leader Arun Jaitley who referring to the Supreme Court guidelines  said: “The victims should not have been named. Their names have come out and their identity disclosed. The home minister should withdraw his statement and a fresh one be laid in the House.”  Media reported that sources in the home ministry were tight-lipped about how the faux pas took place; several members were critical of the minister for the gaffe.

In the recent budget, Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced the setting up of a special Nirbhaya fund for women's safety with a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion). The fund has been announced in memory of the young woman, who passed  away after that brutal gang rape.  In his budget speech, FM had requested the ministry of women and child development to plan the structure, scope and application of this fund. Somehow that has not impressed women's organizations. In fact, they have described this step and the setting up of an exclusive bank for women as mere "tokenism".

When you read such reports of crime and hate, suddenly everything around turns bad and you feel living in an atrocious uncivilized barbaric place. Amidst the melee, there are some good things too, though they are few and far between.  Read this earlier post..  : Ranjana Teacher 

with regards – S. Sampathkumar.
4th Mar 2013.

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