Women`s constitutional equality

Advocate & Equality Consultant

I have been wondering, in light of recent events in our country, how is it Women`s Constitutional Equality which forms the basis of the Justice Verma Commission Report has still not come to frame every discussion about women and s*xual violence includign within this Forum. Is it because we can`t see beyond criminal law which tends to minimise women`s concerns around s*xual vioelence. Having attended the Verma Commission hearings over two days, what struck me was how pervasive s*xual violence is at all levels- from education, to security issues, to justice, to law enforcement, to transport, to allocation of funds. More significantly is the reason for such neglect. Institutionalised `s*xism`. People don`t like to hear that because we like to  assume the mere presence of a Constitution means we live in a fair and equal reality. The fact is we don`t. One of the most poignant comments I heard from a foreign male participant in program I conducted on s*xual harassment was  ``I have never witnessed more oggling towards women than I have in India``. Any Indian woman would verify the shocking truth of that observation. Over the years,  when it comes to their dignity, s*xual integrity and autonomy in terms of the experience of s*xual violence, legally, women have been treated in piecemeal fashion which all boils down to 4 provisions in the IPC, two of which are so offensively outdated (s. 354 and 509). Yet our discussions don`t extend beyond this to how each act of s*xual harassment and the systemic absence of any action to prevent it is in fact a violation of each women`s Constitutional Equalit in this Country. In the UK, as a result of the brutal beating and death of a black man called Steve Lawrence by the Police, the  Macphearson Commission was finally called upon to address what came to be known as `institutional racism` which eventually led to widespread systemic change. That is how you build a culture of change. If there is one thing the Verma Commission has done, it is that it has brought us to the cross road of such change- one which first asks us to acknowledge what  we`ve silently, complacently endured for all of these years- the denial of women's constituional equality in perception and in practice.

 
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WEB DEVOLOPER


THERE ARE ALSO MANY SUCH WOMAN WHO MAKES FALSE COMPLAINS AND UNNECESSARILY HARASS A MAN.

THERE ARE MANY GOOD GIRLS.

 

BUT THERE ARE MANY BAD GIRLS ALSO.

TODAY'S GIRLS ARE NOT FIFTEENTH OR SIXTEENTH CENTURY'S GIRL.

ONLY THOSE GIRLS WHO ARE GOOD , LAW IS ONLY FOR THEM.  JUSTICE WILL BE ONLY FOR GOOD  GIRLS AND BAD GIRLS WILL BE  PUNISHED.

 
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Dy Director

Falsecomplaints are made under every law for every crime be it theft, asssault, murder, attempt of nurder, drug peddling, terrorism etc.

 

Does it justify tio maim all laws.

 

 
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Retired Government Servant

very thought provoking article which should be shared by all interested.

 
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