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Nirbhaya

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SUNIL NEGI

Despite tremendous increase in the cases of rapes and subsequent deaths of the victims, its really worrisome to note that the various governmental agencies though making enough claims of improving the situation on this crucial front, have actually failed to a majority extent.

It seems we haven’t learnt any lessons from the most obnoxious and outrageous incidents of Nirbhaya and hundreds of others that have followed there after. The crux of the problem is the complacense on the part of the authorities concerned and the ministry of women, child and development at the centre as well as the states.

The women community today despite so much of talk of their empowerment are still the most vulnerable lot. Come every morning, you open the pages of your newspaper or open the television sets shameful incidents of incessant sexual harrasments, rapes and subsequent despicable deaths are the order of the with law enforcing agencies, the police in particular majorly involved in the VIP annd VVIP security but have little time to divert their attention towards this vulnerable section of the society.

The cases of mysterious missing of the girl child, massive trafficking of adoloscent girls and incidents of rapes n murders are never on the decline except in cases of fudging of records as being done in majority of districts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and the north eastern states where abject poverty and por law enforcement system laced with uncontrolled corruption has overtaken the bureaucracy and those at the helm.

After the nationwide outrage all over the country in the year 2013 the government had introduced for the first time a gigantic fund with Rs 1000 crores that was later on enhanced to 3000 crores in the year 2016/17/18 in order to help the rape survivors all over the country to make them stand on their feet by becoming financially self reliant.

The fund was also to be used in developing and implementing gadgets that may be helpful to reduce crime against women like providing CCTV cameras, GPS in public transports, imparting of martal arts trainng  and bringing the perpetrater of violence and sexual assault to justice. Three ministeries are primarily involved in the justifiable disbursement of this funds in various states to the rape survivors viz Ministry of finance, Ministry of Women and Child Development and ministry of Home Affairs.

What is shocking and disturbing about this whole story is that in the absence of any concrete and justifiable integrated system for disbursement of Nirbhaya fund through the above three ministeries not only are the rape survivors suffering but the states are also misusing the funds and not submitting reports to the centre thus making the disbursement a messy affair. Finally the apex court of the court of the country had to intervene.

The bench headed by justice M. Lokur has expressed its serious annoyance on the inadequate, unjustifiable and illogical distribution of the Nirbhaya fund by states like Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh Jharkhand and even Delhi for not furnishing written details in the absence of the nodal ministry to adequately handle the disbursements.

THE COURT scolded the centre on the improper handling of the Nirbhaya fund and vowed to set the concrete frame work and guidelines in this context.
Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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The most dastardly act of the gruesome murder of a women journalist and a committed social activist fighting courageously for rights of the women and down trodden and equally countering the communal and divisive tendencies has resulted in an all round condemnation and expression of furious dissent against the forces that be, by journalists, intellectuals, socio political organisations, youths, students and women nationally. Such a dastardly act of a diabolical murder in a row has while made everybody in the country sad, anguished and utterly shocked  there are still people with chauvinistic bent of mind who are shamelessly planting fake and biased news terming the deceased woman journalist as an extortionist, biased and even vindicating the horrendous act,  for her actions of opposing the forces of religious fundamentalists and bigotry.

Instead of expressing their tributes for the departed soul as a normal human being, these disgruntled elements are rather misusing the social networking sites to ferociously and erroneously counter those speaking in favor or expressing solidarity or sympathy with the victim journalist, her cause, ideology or writings. The point is, can a voice of dissent in a free democracy be scuttled or smothered by gun ? Does our constitution or the law permit anybody to kill those who represent ideology or writing against some other thought or VICHARDHARA. Is such killing of a progressive journalist who’s against fake news, against forces of division, reaction and fanaticism or who democratically oppose a system,  permissible in the country of Gandhi and Lord Budha , the father of the nation and apostles of peace.

If fundamentalism, chauvinism or bigotry is not responsible for such dastardly actions of shocking trails of murders in a row then why is it that only Dabolkar, Kulbargi, Pansare and Gauri Lankesh are murdured with guns from point blank range and why is it that the culprits are not caught ever after several years of investigation? asks script writer Saleem Javed in a tweet without naming them. Here, why so much of fuss is being created by planting so much  highly objectionable news against the deceased journalist who died in cold blood just because she was a vociferous and eloquent opposer of orthodox practices, communalism and religious fanaticism. These dissenters of her say she was a leftist and a progressive and therefore opposed to the right wing politics but then should it mean that she should be killed brutally and that those standing with her family and ideology are traitors, extortionist,   anti national and bad people even if they are well read, well educated, patriotic and respectable people of the country. The fact of the matter is killing of any human being whether he or she is from right, left, center or free thinking ideology is highly condemnable and should be unitedly opposed as the criminal or the murderers never represent any thought or ideology. We should respect human beings n their existence first and any physical assault, violence or killing is totally unacceptable in a civilized society. Even the prime minister Narendra Modi has come out heavily and strongly against the shocking incidents of lynchings in various parts of the country and had warned of severe action against the perpetrators. He has out-rightly condemned violence in the name of faith in the land of Gandhi and Budha.

The various political parties of the country should give up giving political color to such dastardly killings and instead work for the expeditious arrest of the hardened criminals so that they can be tried severely under the strictest sections of the law. It’s anguishing and disturbing to note that India has till now witnessed 66 RTI activists having been killed in various parts of the country with five committing suicides. The trend of killing still goes on. Meanwhile after the planting of highly objectionable tweets, even expressing pleasure over the sad demise of journalist Gauri Lankesh the authorities concerned have warned of seizing the twitter accounts of such ruthless users. The way Gauri’s death invited national outrage, after the mind boggling Nirbhaya episode, it’s for sure that her untimely death will inspire many many more to follow her footsteps.

 

SUNIL NEGI