Treat accused as outcasts, say female politicos

Published: 30 December, 2012 11:21 IST | Varun Singh |

Women politicians assert that rather than the victim, the man found guilty of rape should suffer the stigma

With the death of the Delhi gang rape victim, many questions have come to the fore. Did the 23 year-old had to lose her life to a crime, which not only killed her, but shamed the whole nation? We spoke to women politicians from different parties and asked them, ‘How can rape can be curbed?’


We need a fast track court. Also the mentality of Indian men and the society at large should change. Just as the victim is forced to carry a stigma her entire life, even the man who commits the crime needs to feel ashamed. He should be treated by the society as an outcast 
Supriya Sule, MP for NCP from Baramati

While some blamed the patriarchal approach of the Indian society, others claimed that mere existence of laws won’t help but they have to be implemented at the earliest. They concurred that only when such laws are put into practice, will we have a better society where women won’t be raped, eve teased or objectified by men.

Sharmila Thackeray

There are cases where a woman goes to the police station to register a case of domestic violence, but due to the wrong attitude of cops, she is forced to return home without doing the needful. We require a separate cell at  police stations to deal with such cases sensitively 
Sharmila Thackeray, From MNS

Supriya Sule, the Member of Parliament of NCP from Baramati, believes that the accused should be ostracised by society. Poonam Mahajan, BJP youth leader, emphasised that this incident should jolt all Indians and compel them to create an awareness about gender equality in their kids. 

 Poonam Mahajan

The patriarchal society has forgotten how to treat women with respect. We need to cultivate these qualities in our children. Only then will we be able to curb such cases  
Poonam Mahajan, BJP youth leader

However, Sharmila Thackeray of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, believes that the police needs to be sensitive towards women while registering an FIR.  

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