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India: Women’s organisations pay tribute to Nirbhaya

Dec 16, 2014

Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director Centre for Social Research, who is leading the campaign, has urged on seeking the engagement and formal commitment of the Indian Prime Minister on this matter.

New Delhi: The Justice Seekers, a collective group of organizations consisting of NGOs and professionals from all walks of life and dedicated to improving women’s safety, today organized a bus ride as a tribute to the Nirbhaya incident.

The objective of the bus ride was to put the spotlight on the current lack of safety in the daily lives of women and to make ordinary citizens participate in a greater way and take charge of their own safety. The civil society movement also demonstrated their complete solidarity with Nirbhaya’s parents and the families of sexual assault victims who are striving tirelessly for justice.

Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director Centre for Social Research, who is leading the campaign, has urged on seeking the engagement and formal commitment of the Indian Prime Minister on this matter.

“We request the Prime Minister to officially voice his concern and outline the blueprint that is formulated to address the deteriorating situation of women’s safety in India. We urge him to share the ideas that the government has outlined to run a safety campaign for women,”

The bus ride has a symbolic significance as it was on a bus that the horrific incident occurred 2 years ago. The Bus will start plying from Dwarka and reach Sarvodaya Enclave where two other buses will be waiting. The three buses will then move from Sarvodaya Enclave (in front of Mother's International School Gate No. 8) and head towards Central Delhi.

Dr Ranjana Kumari along with other activists like Dr N. Hamsa of Women Power Connect and Mrs Shabnam Hashmi  founder of ANHAD  presented a  petition on Women’s safety to the Prime Minister which appeals  for the implementation of the recommendations by Justice Verma Committee Report and for transparent accounting and utilization of the Nirbhaya fund. Some of the key issues highlighted in the petition are as follows-

1. The recommendations by Justice Verma Committee Report should be implemented immediately as it clearly identifies the root cause of the crimes against women and also, suggests action based methodology for immediate action.

2. Transparency on the roadmap of how the Nirbhaya Fund will be used for the safety and security of women.

3. There should be a continuous check on the implementation of laws and reforms in each and every city. Continuous audits on the safety and security of women can really help in dealing with crime against women.

4. Gender Sensitization should be introduced in Schools at primary levels for a better understanding and also, special training programmes should be run in colleges’ across the nation. This knowledge building process can lead to a positive attitudinal and behavioural change.

5. All the cases related to gender based violence should be dealt on priority with extreme care and in a time bound manner. The primary motive of setting up the fast track courts should be checked upon regularly.

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