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Most men back women

At the end of the show ‘Satyamev Jayate’, I was applauding the courage of two women — one from an urban background and one from rural — who chose to survive rape and fight the system. There was someone else commendable: the village woman’s husband. How many times does the media show men fighting for the cause of women in their lives? There are so many men who stand by a woman for her causes, her dreams, her happiness and her fights against injustice. There may be just about 1 % men who commit crimes against women.

The portrayal of the rural woman’s husband as her support pillar, the fact that he stood by his wife’s side in her fight even when their community shunned both of them really moved me. If more men come out in the media in support of the women who have been wronged sexually, it will give the women hope.

After all, an act of rape is not a battle between the sexes, it is a battle of the powerful against the weak. As for the women who have been raped or molested, they shouldn’t look at themselves through the eyes of a patriarchal society which believes that a woman’s ‘ijjat’(respect) lies in her sex organs. There is no logic to this link.

Jagjeet Kaur, via email

End domestic abuse

The editorial “Marital cruelty” (February 28) aptly highlights that domestic violence against women is one of the most serious pandemics of our society. Despite the emphasis on women’s empowerment and the laws to protect them, domestic violence continues unabated because it is deeply rooted in a patriarchal mindset that unashamedly discriminates against women.

The Supreme Court has come with a judgment that will eventually enable the distressed women to muster courage and complain against domestic abuse. It has been made mandatory for the law enforcement agencies to look into such cases thoroughly and take appropriate steps to help redress their grievances.

Society needs to be educated and made gender-sensitive. Also, women should be trained in self-defence to deter such crimes.

Navneet Sidhu, Chandigarh

Women in ‘we men’ era

Our politicians eyeing the 47% strong electorate of the fairer sex on Women’s International Day are likely to merely give them assurances, guaranteeing them more empowerment and safety.

In March 2010, with much fanfare, the historic Women’s Reservation Bill was all set to be passed in Parliament but at the eleventh hour it was stalled in then 14th Lok Sabha and it is still pending passage. During the recent times, the dignity, safety, security of every women across every nook and corner of the country, irrespective of her age, is at stake as sordid incidents of rape, sexual assault, molestation, harassment and domestic violence have been occurring unabated.

The government has made certain amendments in criminal laws and enacted a few statutes but these have failed to check this growing menace.

“We men” ought to be ashamed of ourselves as we have still not been able to change our society's patriarchal mindset towards women.


Cure for medical colleges

The opening of a new government medical college in Punjab is a welcome step. But considering the condition of the existing institutions, how well will it function? The MCI refused to increase seats in the colleges of the state. The government’s decision to hand over the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences in Jalandhar to a private party may not help cure the ills plaguing it. These factors should be considered for formulating a medical education policy.

Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Bathinda

Travails of passengers

Drivers and conductors of buses plying in the evening from Chandigarh to Sirsa/Hisar stop at a dhaba for dinner for at least 35 minutes. This causes a lot of inconvenience to the passengers. They should halt for 10-15 minutes only. Also, there is no order at the ticket counters at the Chandigarh bus stand, with passengers making three or four queues and using muscle power to get the tickets. It will be an act of kindness if the authorities concerned checked this indiscipline.

S.C.Mehta, Sirsa



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