Friday, April 26, 2013

Yechuri blames sex crimes on neo-liberal economic policies

New Delhi: For the second time in five months – the last was in December in the wake of the rape and murder of Nirbhaya – Rajya Sabha had an intense debate on atrocities against women. This time it was in the context of the rape of the five-year-old girl, who is now recovering from the brutal assault at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). BJP's Maya Singh opened the debate and expressed grave concern over crimes against women and demanded that this could be checked only through the stringent penalty of the death sentence. It was a sentiment that was echoed by Congress Prabha Thakur. BSP leader Mayawati demanded that this problem could be dealt with only through strict policing and speedy judicial process. Many of the masle members who spoke on the issue felt that there were broader social reasons for the deterioration as rape assaults agasinst minor girls in the family and outside showed a depraved society and no amount of policing or stringent laws cans help if the outlook of individuals is not changed. Janata Dal (U)'s Shivanand Tiwari said there was a need to analyse the minds of these criminals and try to understand the reasons for their deviant and perverse behaviour in order to combat it. He said that incidents of crime against children pointed to psychological and cultural decline and rout. He said mere changing of laws will not be sufficient. He quoted noted Hindi poet Agyeya saying that no problem could be discussed and solved without raising the issue of values. CPI-M's Sitaram Yechuri connected the depravity of crimes against minor girls to economic reforms. He started with Rabindranath Tagore's words when he returned his knighthood after the 1919 Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, “Give me a voice of Thunder/That I could hurl imprecations agasinst a power which does not spare Mother or a Child” saying that nothing else would convey the anger and anguish of society. He said that there was the structurals problem of law enforcement and justice delivery, but there was also the larger issue of a modern society which has gone toxic. He described post-liberalisation India as a “lethal combination of feudal patriarchy and neo-liberal values”. BJP's Smriti Irani gave a positive turn when she said that social media network could be used to fight the battle for sexual justice and that the middle class of liberalised India was fighting the battle for cultural values through the new media. The debate will be continued on Tuesday and home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will make a statement at the end of it. (The House did not function after Monday.)


Suresh Panje said...

Dear Parsa Venkateshwara Garu,
In a way Sitaram Yechury is right considering his mindset moulded in Mraxism. As for Smriti Irani, the self-proclaimed bearer of values in society, I would like to ask her as to what the tinsel world of which she is an active part, contributed to the society. It is the Bollywood and Mollywood movies which have degraded our society. Projecting sadistic scenarios in the name of crime and entertainment, which are of no relevance to the commoner, these useless lot of movie and Tele serial producers have degraded our society,

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