Honorable Prime Minister,
If you are indeed reading this letter, let me say I am honored that you are taking the time to read this letter. You have been leading this country for a long time and are probably infinite in your wisdom of running it so all I ask, is for you to bear with me till I finish.
It would be a lie to say that India is a country where women where always ill-treated. Our country’s history is well known to everyone. And therein lays the rub. A misguided idea that took root in the past has not been completely removed and now one can remember where it started but there’s no one stopping it now either. The past few years have seen progress in some and along with it a sharp decline in many other important issues. Women are treated horrifically and there is nothing being done by the government. I understand that you feel there are other issues more important, but I assure you that no country can truly grow and reach its full potential if almost half of the population is being subjugated, assaulted and murdered. I am not asking to go outside the law, but women in India will soon have no other choice than to go outside the law because the law is not effective enough. Even within the law there is discrimination. There are fewer women in the police and even our armed forces restrict women. There are no actual laws yet protecting women against sexual harassment. There has to be a stricter law and it should be enforced more effectively. Punishments should be more severe. Most of the guilty only receive a maximum of 10 years imprisonment. Under IPC Section 375, the provision of rape has loopholes as evidenced by its exception clause- “Sexual intercourse by man with his own wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape”. If the IPS feel they are unable to help enforce this law efficiently, perhaps it’s time to allow women to protect themselves. As already established by the Guwahati incident, if a woman is in trouble she must protect herself because no one else will help her, so maybe it is time to let women carry Tasers and firearms.
If that is too extreme, then there has to be a stricter law enforced, that does not have any legal loopholes. There needs to be a separate law for sexual harassment and murders committed in the name of honor has to be treated differently from a normal murder. Maybe a death penalty should be instituted in these cases.
These are just some of my thoughts on the matter.
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