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  • 1. WALK TO EQUALITY ENSURING SAFETY AND EQUALITY OF WOMEN
  • 2. Introduction Four of the main processes that could lead to women's empowerment, as defined by the IFAD evaluation, were:  changes in women's mobility and social interaction;  changes in women's labour patterns;  changes in women's access to and control over resources; and  changes in women's control over decision-making. The changes we propose in the current system would lead to women empowerment as it would meet the above mentioned criteria.
  • 3. Problem Statement Lacunas in the Indian Context  Jurisdiction Problems  Loss of Evidence  Fear of lodging official complaints  Patriarchal Society  Technically Challenged Law Enforcement Agencies  Lack of female officers  Weak legal system to combat crimes against women  Improper learning Loopholes in the existing system  Obscenity-personal viewing-is not an offence.  Lack of police patrolling in less populated areas  No mention of cyber stalking, morphing and email spoofing as offences  No awareness among women where to file a complaint or how to file a case in India.  Rural women are unaware. A high percentage of population in India still resides in villages. They are highly vulnerable to crimes
  • 4. Capacity Building  Hiring New Talent Pool Women should be the target audience for the purpose of hire. It serves two purposes: • Decision making would be sensitized to the issue of lack of security. • The importance of women in the society would be highlighted  Technological Upgradation The challenges are posed because the equipments of the investigating agencies are worn out and require modernisation and replacing.  Compulsory Education to Girls in Schools Education, not literacy should be the target of the system. Girls must be given knowledge about technological advancements and its nuances at an early stage.
  • 5. Set up a Women’s Crime Cell  Purpose Existing divisions of the police force for crimes against women and children have failed to deliver quick justice.  Importance: Most women are afraid to lodge complaints due to society pressure or fear for their life  Methodology Ensuring anonymity/non-disclosure and at the same time have the cell headed by a senior female officer  Monitoring Regular checks on functioning of Cell by conducting Simulations and Mock Drills from time to time.  Aim Increasing the number of cases that are actually registered with the authorities concerned.  Punishment The crimes must be seen in a serious light and the existing laws must be made stringent and the punishment increased.  Presence 1) Online – Creating a web based portal 2) Physical – A room in major police stations of cities and towns  Focus: Cyber crime against women to be given special importance
  • 6. Social Initiatives  Following the Ideology of the Vedas Restoring the position of the women in the society, by inviting the youth to participate in debates, which could be telecasted to a wider audience.  Encourage people to spread the message What needs to change is the mind set of the society and not merely providing security measures indefinitely. This can be done through social networking sites, as well as initiatives by the government like marathons, candle marches, etc.  Advertising This issue needs to be excessively advertised. Advertisements can involve messages related to moral policing.  Actively Engaging the Press The media is an important tool in the society, which would further communicate the need. This would lead to healthy debates among the people of the country, and would help generate further ideas.
  • 7. Bringing about a Change  Implementing ideas from other countries with lower crime rates. India has among the highest rates of crimes against women.  Providing self defence training to women in colleges and corporates.  Implementation of government policies to encourage women to join the decision making process. Having women hold chief positions in the IAS, IPS etc. will not only ensure women sensitive decisions but at the same time encourage more women to be a part of the system.  Educating women in rural India and encouraging them to report any crimes against the women population.  Changes in the legal system are essential. In India people capable of rape and murder have escaped justice at the pretext of being below the age of 18.
  • 8.  A new act needs to be introduced in the parliament focusing on women centric issues.  It should encompass stringent laws for sexual assault, cyber crime, eve teasing etc.  Instead of focusing on reservations based on casts, the government needs to implement greater reservation for women bringing both men and women at par.  The government needs to introduce vehicles for women to travel at night which should be recorded and tracked.
  • 9. Challenges  Social Increasing punishment may call for criticism Lack of initiative by the people  Economic Huge amount of resources involved  Political Non acceptance by the patriarchal leadership of the country  Legal Time consuming procedure for laws Jurisdiction will still pose problems  Technological Imparting know-how Equipment procurement
  • 10. According to a global poll conducted by Thomson Reuters, India is the "fourth most dangerous country" in the world for women, and the worst country for women among the G20 countries.
  • 11. References  http://www.ndtv.com/topic/cyber-crime-cell  ncrb.nic.in/cii2010/cii-2010/Chapter%205.pdf  ibnlive.in.com/news/...india...crimes-against-women/416615-53.html  http://www.airinfotech.in/article3.html  equalityindia.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/schemes-and-programme-for- economic-empowerment-of-women-run-by-ministry-of-women-and-child- development/  http://www.countercurrents.org/ranjan300113.htm  http://www.ifad.org/gender/learning/role/labour/in_tamil.htm