In spite of a heated debate and huge public outrage on the Delhi gang rape that occurred five months ago, such incidents are increasing with each passing day. Recently, the whole nation faced the disgrace of brutal rape of a five-year old girl in East Delhi on 17th April 2013. To understand the reason for the increasing brutality against women in our society, a public talk, “Combating violence against Women: The way ahead” was organised by SIO at JNU on 8th May 2013.
Eminent author and columnist, Mr. Bharat Dongra said in his talk, “In a multi-culture world, there are different views on sexuality; some follow liberal views while others believe in sex only within the wed-lock but the aspect which is condemned by everyone is forced sex or rape. Besides strict laws, a ban on pornography and alcohol needs to be implemented. Reports tell that growth in pornography industry increased sexual crimes against women and most often, rapists are found to have consumed alcohol or viewed porn.” He advocated to inculcate moral values in the society and said, “Due to moral crisis, the society has been facing such tragic incidents.”
Mr. Shariq Ansar, National Secretary of SIO discussed the rape incidents that occur in conflict areas like Northeast India, Kashmir and Naxalites-influenced areas and questioned that why media doesn’t speak out when the Manipuris, Kashmiris and Adivasis women are raped by Armed Forces and Security Agencies. “Such state sponsored crimes are being used as a tool to suppress the rebel voices against injustice and brutality”, he added. He also emphasized the role of family in the character building of a child.
Mr. Ejaz Aslam, Editor-in-Chief of Radiance Views Weekly opined that sex is an essential need of human nature, but it should be maintained with respect and responsibility within the martial boundaries. Expressing his grave concerns on obscenity, he said, “Sexual crimes are a by-product of the uncontrolled lust that came into being when obscenity became a trend in the society. Hence, it’s high time that we cultivate new generation with morals.”
The program was coordinated by Ms. Sumaiya, Research Scholar at JNU. Mr. Mahroof, Secretary, JNU SIO proposed the vote of thanks.