Preventing crimes against women


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Creating Harmonious Civilization – Alleviating Crimes against Women by Laj Utreja, Director, Institute of Global Harmony
Surendra Pathak, (PhD) Director, Research, IASE, Sardarshahr
at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
April 18, 2013

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Preventing crimes against women

  1. 1. Laj Utreja, Director, Institute of Global Harmony Surendra Pathak, (PhD) Director, Research, IASE, Sardarshahr Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi April 18, 2013
  2. 2. Gender Logic
  3. 3. National Outrage and the Aftermath The outrage:  The Dec. 16 gang rape and assault of a physiotherapy student, and her subsequent death, prompted widespread and sometimes violent protests in India The aftermath:  5 women raped in 3 days in Delhi  Girl jumps out of auto in Hyderabad to escape molester  The real Gauhati shame: We are a nation of onlookers  Leaders charged with crimes against women to quit The findings and immediate actions:  Shortage of women cops in Delhi, cases pile up  Need to increase women police force for better security  Police to make women's protection their priority  Set up fast track courts for crimes against women National Poll on rape: 100 percent want stricter laws
  4. 4. Women Rally to Protest for Justice and Security for Women “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.” - Dante Alighieri
  5. 5. India Passes Sweeping Bill on Crimes against Women The bill amends India’s criminal laws, intended to deter and punish sexual offenders, including men who stalk and harass women, and creates a more responsive police and judicial system, widely criticized as being insensitive when dealing with crimes against women  Recommendations adopted: creation of stalking, voyeurism and disrobing as separate offenses, provisions to punish police officers who failed to register complaints of sexual offenses, and a broadening of the definition of rape to include the insertion of an object or any other body part into a woman’s private parts  Recommendations not included: the death penalty in some rape cases and raising the age of consent for sex to 18 What is needed is enforcement and implementation
  6. 6. Crimes Against Women Conference Dallas, TX, April 8-10, 2013 According to statistics, everyday in America three women die at the hands of a boyfriend, husband, or ex-husband  Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and victim advocates gathered to educate themselves on ways to improve investigation and prosecution of crimes against women  A vast array of topics covered stalking, gang violence, prostitution, human trafficking, sexual assault, strangulation, and domestic violence  Five or 10 years ago, no one was talking about this. It is on everybody’s radar now Access to training and resources is key. “Give the tools that these guys need to put the bad guys in jail for a really long time.”
  7. 7. Can We Prevent Crimes against Women? How can we prevent female foeticide, eve teasing, molestation and rapes in the country? • Do we need further change in the law? • Do we need to impart the right education, which includes: values, spirituality and gender sensitivity? • Do we need to equip the girls with the right tools and resources? • Do we need a change in the mindset?
  8. 8. What We are up against? You are a man and looking for information  So you start reading a newspaper  So you want to look up for something on the internet  So you are staying in a dorm, a rented room, or a motel room with a laptop  So you are in a village and there is one laptop that your friend brings and everyone else gathers around him You are a young girl  Home alone and you have all sorts of visitors during the day  Go visit your boy friend alone in his room  Travel in a railroad train, a bus, etc. Uninhibited Sex and violence is all around us It all stays in the mind
  9. 9. What is the Mind?  It is subtle adjunct to the physical body  It reflects the subjective ‘consciousness or ‘I’’  It gives meaning to an object once acquired  It is unique quality of the mind to unite the subject ‘I’ with the ‘physical body’ Mind is the instrument through which the subject ‘I’ expresses and experiences all emotions Copyright © 2013, Laj Utreja-Institute of Global Harmony. All Rights Reserved.
  10. 10. Current Human Expression  We lack common sense and free will  We’ve become too self-centered  We’ve lost balance between material and spiritual development  We’ve lost self-respect and respect for the other  We’ve lost self-confidence and trust in the other We’ve gone too far in material development
  11. 11. State of Our Civilization  Disregard for human values  Disconnected families and societies  Degraded political systems  Broken economic systems  Superiority of faiths  Rampant corruption, hypocrisy, and misuse of wealth and power  Fragmented perspectives  A violated earth, unclean waters and polluted air Our civilization needs total transformation
  12. 12. One World Polarized  Powerful and the Commoner  Haves and the Neglected Is it acceptable by our civil society?
  13. 13. What is a Civil society? A state of society, in which a high level of respect and appreciation for human life and environment, law and order, education, different philosophical and religious views and cultural expression have been reached and people can freely pursue their areas of endeavor Cordial and respectful behavior between persons and among groups is the mark of a civil society Copyright © 2013, Laj Utreja-Institute of Global Harmony. All Rights Reserved.
  14. 14. How do We Prevent Crimes against Women? By changing the objective mindset about women and bringing social harmony Copyright © 2013, Laj Utreja-Institute of Global Harmony. All Rights Reserved.
  15. 15. What is Harmonious Civilization? A mutually agreeable and harmonious relationship among people of all nations and their constituent groups (cultural, racial, gender and religious, including group orders such as social, political, economic) and the environment for a prosperous, peaceful and sustainable world without an individual or collective group or order losing its identity and/or character Harmonious Civilization results from a universal code of conduct for mutual acceptance and co- existence Copyright © 2013, Laj Utreja-Institute of Global Harmony. All Rights Reserved.
  16. 16. How Do We Bring Harmony?  The only way to achieve global harmony is by developing a mind willing to live in harmony  One of the most effective ways to develop an appropriate mind is through self-assessment, self-training and self- transformation.  Mental attitudes and physical actions to which they lead are the key considerations for self-transformation and social-transformation  The important factors to bring about global harmony must be introduced through appropriate education at a very young age Redeeming purpose in life and its pursuit augment our desire for harmony Copyright © 2013, Laj Utreja-Institute of Global Harmony. All Rights Reserved.
  17. 17. Purpose of Education The purpose of education is not only to: teach the student a trade; prepare the student for a productive career; enable a student to earn a good income, compete to stay ahead of the other communities or nations in technology, or preserve a particular doctrine, but to live in peace and harmony with the rest of the environment. In other words, the purpose of education must be to produce socially responsible citizens. A socially responsible person is one who is sensitive toward fellow human beings (of different faith, race, gender and age) and the environment so that the society as well as the environment is sustained. The sustaining principle is one that must not change with space, time or the human mind. The only sustaining principle that would stand the test of that unbounded domain is the Golden Rule, “Do not do unto others that you wouldn't want done unto you.” Copyright © 2013, Laj Utreja-Institute of Global Harmony. All Rights Reserved.
  18. 18. Institute of Global Harmony The Vision The Institute of Global Harmony (IGH) is an experiment to explore a collective teaching and learning experience that will create future generations of people, who believe of their own accord in the dictum that the only way to live a life of happiness and without fear is to live in harmony with themselves, the society, and the environment. In doing so, they have freedom to realize full potential and achieve excellence in their pursuits. Copyright © 2013, Laj Utreja-Institute of Global Harmony. All Rights Reserved.
  19. 19. Institute of Global Harmony The Mission Provide a free thinking and factual learning environment in which the teachers and students are exposed to state-of-the-art knowledge in the prevailing practices and consequences of agriculture, business, education, medicine, media, technology, and the prevailing political, economic and social orders to prepare them to devise and develop local conducive conditions to stay in peace and harmony among themselves, the nations and the environment. Copyright © 2013, Laj Utreja-Institute of Global Harmony. All Rights Reserved.
  20. 20. Let Harmony Prevail