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Kirron Kher “feels sad” for Chandigarh Gangrape victim but ‘victim shams’ her anyway

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While a shift is being seen in how we address issues regarding sexual assault and harassment globally, victim shaming does not fail to amuse us. The public discourse must focus on “no to rape” and “not to assault” rather than “how not to get raped”.

We live in a time where women get blamed for their rape or sexual assault. While bigoted men in a patriarchal society do not forget to remind women that it’s their duty to “not get raped”, our political representatives are not far from it too.

In the past too, we have heard insensitive comments from the politicians where they have asserted that “ladke hain, galtiya ho jaati hai” (Boys will be boys, they commit mistake sometimes). However, we can at least expect sensitive reactions from our women representatives who are able to understand the problems faced by women today. But, some of our women leaders don’t forget to prove us wrong.

Joining their league is Kirron Kher, BJP MP who blamed 22- year old victim for her gang rape. Kher referring to the Chandigarh gangrape case said, “I also want to say that she should have been careful. In fact, I want to tell all the women, do not board a rickshaw in which already three men are sitting.”

The horrifying incident Kher was referring to happened a few days back. In a shameful incident, the woman was raped in a moving auto rickshaw by three men who then dumped her. She was returning from her classes when this incident took place. She was then spotted by a passer-by who informed the police about it.

However, the point here is very simple. In a country of around 1.2 billion people, the majority of the population uses public transport. However, the tales of women facing harassment in the public transport are long. Why a woman even in the 21st century need to think twice before using a public transport? I do not get Kirron Kher’s logic behind this victim shaming veiled as an ‘Advice’.

Kher was quick enough to also point out flaws in the administration that do not have Women’s Commission for Chandigarh.

While a shift is being seen in how we address issues regarding sexual assault and harassment globally, victim shaming does not fail to amuse us. The public discourse must focus on “no to rape” and “not to assault” rather than “how not to get raped”.

For Kirron Kher to advice young women not to travel by rickshaw if you don’t want to get raped is just a way of considering the crime secondary. It is the responsibility of our representatives to contribute to dialogue pertaining to such crucial issues and give a direction to the discourse with progressive thoughts. If even they won’t understand the sensitivity of the event, who will?

 

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Additionals funds required to fulfill promises: Tripura CM to Centre

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BJP appointed Biplab Kumar Deb as the CM of Tripura after its victory over the LEFT Front 25 year rule.

Agartala: Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb has demanded additional financial aid from the Union government to fulfill the promises made during the state election.

Biplab Kumar Deb met Nripendra Misra, principal secretary to Modi at the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi to place these demands on Friday.

In a statement issued by the CM’s office, it mentioned “Some promises have been made to the people of the state. Fulfillment of all these promises can be possible with additional financial support from the Centre as the state government is passing through a very difficult financial position”.

Deb has desired an additional funding for filling up 12,222 vacant posts of school teachers, the introduction of the 7th central Pay Commission recommendations for state government employees, setting up a central agricultural university and a super-specialty hospital like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Tripura.

The chief minister has also requested the Centre to allow one-time relaxation in educational and professional qualifications for teachers in Tripura.

After the first BJP government in Tripura came to power in March, it was sanctioned Rs 2,587 crore central funds for development projects and schemes such as housing, education, and rural jobs.

According to the BJP, Tripura is under a deficit of Rs 11,355 crore, accumulated during the 25 years of Left Front rule.

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Death to child rapists: Union Cabinet approves the POCSO Act

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Keeping in mind the uproar over the recent rapes of minors in the nation, the Union Cabinet has approved the promulgation of an ordinance to allow courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age.

Official sources said in New Delhi that the criminal law amendment ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce a new provision to sentence convicts of such crimes punishment of death.

Until now,  the minimum punishment for such heinous crimes was seven years in jail and the maximum was a life-term.

The move comes after the outrage caused by the nation due to the rape and murder of minor girls in Kathua and Surat district recently. But even while the Cabinet led by PM Narendra Modi was meeting on Saturday morning to discuss the issue, the rape and murder of a four-month-old infant in Indore sent fresh disturbance across the country.

 

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Cabinet approves Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018: Provision for confiscating properties of escapees

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The cases where the total value involved in such offences is Rs.100 crore or more will come under this order.

The Union Cabinet has approved the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018. This would help in laying down measures to deter economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.

The cases where the total value involved in such offences is Rs.100 crore or more will come under the purview of this Ordinance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier approved the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to introduce the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 in Parliament.

The ordinance states to re-establish the rule of law with respect to the fugitive economic offenders as they would be forced to return to India to face trial for scheduled offences. This would also help the banks and other financial institutions to achieve higher recovery from financial defaults committed by such fugitive economic offenders, improving the financial health of such institutions.

A special forum to be created for the expeditious confiscation of the proceeds of crime, in India or abroad, would coerce the fugitive to return to India to submit to the jurisdiction of Courts in India to face the law in respect of scheduled offences, according to the ordinance.

In the near past, there have been several instances of economic offenders flee in the jurisdiction of Indian courts, anticipating the commencement, or during the pendency, of criminal proceedings. The absence of such offenders from Indian courts has several deleterious consequences – first, it hampers investigation in criminal cases; second, it wastes precious time of courts of law, third, it undermines the rule of law in India.

The ordinance has provisions for a Court (‘Special Court’ under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002) to declare a person as a Fugitive Economic Offender.

 

A Fugitive Economic Offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, or being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution.

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