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Women Must Pay Attention To Self-defence

Incidents of oppression of women are on the rise in this country. From an infant girl child to elderly women, all are facing this problem. There are several women organisations in this country. If they take steps against such oppression, it would certainly have an effect and women would feel secure. But is it so in the present scenario? A lot of vulgarity has spread in the society. Social media, films and advertisements exhibiting uninhibited sexuality are the root cause of the same. Nobody has been able to impose restraint on them. Such indecency can be curbed if women fight against it, with unity. We often read about women from rural areas coming together and closing down unauthorised liquor bars. It is the power of women’s unity. It shows what can be achieved if united. We have a history of brave warrior women like Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi; Jijabai, the mother of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj etc. We should take inspiration from them and learn to fight against injustice with determination. Women will have to take firm steps to awaken valour in them in the prevailing difficult period. Women should at least take help of those, who are striving to create awareness amongst the women by teaching them self-defence, and should get ready to protect themselves.

SHAKUNTALA BADDI, NAVI MUMBAI

Third Pillar Of Democracy At Stake

What has shocked us immensely is the allegation levelled by a former Supreme Court employee that she was sexually harassed by none other than the present Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in October 2018 when she was the employee of the top court. This is a very serious charge and the matter needs to be investigated thoroughly to arrive at a logical conclusion. After public criticism, the CJI has withdrawn himself from the hearing, and a three member in-house committee has been constituted to look into the matter. However, some 250 notable women like lawyers, activists, social workers and academics have expressed apprehension that the probe by the judges against their own head may not be fair and impartial. They have suggested that a special inquiry committee of credible individuals be constituted to address the sexual harassment allegations and that the inquiry should proceed on the lines of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013. Every right-thinking individual would certainly concur that the top court should come out clean of the allegations and also that justice should be meted out to the aggrieved. At the same time, it is equally worth mentioning the charges levelled by some lawyers that there is a gang involved in fixing judgments in the apex court and that three sacked women employees, including the one who has charged the CJI, are a party to this ploy.

MICHAEL VAZ, Merces

 

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