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A 2 days old baby girl is flushed down the toilet by her own parents. A man in UP hangs up his wife, beats her, makes a video of the same and sends to her parents for demanding dowry. A daughter is denied a share in her father's self acquired property. A girl is raped. Such incidents and even more gruesome crimes are committed against the women in our country but why is it that rapes get more attention as compared to other forms of crimes like female infanticide, acid attacks, sexual harassment/exploitation, dowry deaths, cheating, murder, wife battering, maltreatment at home, honour killings? Is it because'sex sells' even in crimes? The rape crisis is just one facet of the multitude of problems that reflect the gender discrimination scenario in our country which are seen right through'womb to tomb'. It's quite interesting to see how in the wake of brutal rapes and murders, the whole country takes a 'holier- than- thou' stand, passes quick judgements on the accused, without analysing their own conduct and contribution in crimes against women. Popular media is rife with news of rapes which appear to be the most rampant and high profile of all the crimes against women. This hype in the media compels us to believe that rapes are on a dramatic rise. However, studies have shown that rapes have, more or less, followed a flat trend while the most dramatic rise has been seen in number of cases registered under cruelty by husband and his relatives. Cruelty by husband and his relatives, domestic violence and dowry related crimes account for more than half of the crimes against women. However, these are not considered worthy of our attention since the very powerful media is busy covering certain brutal and violent incidents having political undertones. India is traditionally a male dominated society where masculinity is about men acting tough, freely exercising their privilege to lay down the rules in personal relationships and above all, controlling women by making them limited and obedient to perform different functions of daily life. There are many laws but 'brutalisation of women 'seems to be on the rise and becoming too broad. Thousands of girls are becoming victims of this evil on a daily basis, which reduces their self respect, dignity and status, thereby hindering the social, economical, political and cultural progress of our country. Male dominated societal norms, economic dependence, overall lower status of women further exacerbates these crimes . Politicians are only as good as the people. Beastial masculinity and inefficiency of judicial and political system is a daunting challenge. We as a society need to modify our mindset regarding women and get our act together to accept them as human beings with equal rights, deserving equal respect and status. There is an urgent need for stricter laws, faster convictions, larger representation of women in judiciary and law enforcement. However, these are also symptomatic measures. Our society needs deeper surgery and extensive treatment, starting at home and continuing through years of schooling and beyond, which is undoubtedly a generational effort which must be collectively made by HRD and law ministry. As the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, we should let these incidents be the trigger which forces our society to take this first step. Let's start now.
Different legal ages for girls and boys to tie the Knot is a discriminatory practice . Legal voting age in India is 18 for both boys and girls but the legal marriageable age is 18 for girls and 21 for boys which indicates that more maturity and experience is required to handle a girl than to handle a country. When both boys and girls enter the schooling atmosphere at the same age and grow there till the age of 17 then how or why is it that girls are considered more mature and ready for marriage at 18 while the boys aren't? This law seems to be made by people who were mentally immature to understand the meaning of equality . Moreover, the reason behind the 3 years age difference is not known to anyone and definitely lacks scientific logic . The reasons cited by the majority of parents behind 18 years being set as the marriageable age for girls was poverty , fears about girls’ safety and a perceived lack of other options . This discriminatory practice of marrying girls at 18 years of age against boys who are marriageable at 21 has a far-reaching impact on the society and Nation as a whole . When girls are married off at 18 , it's the only life that they know.Just out of school and with very few employment prospects , they are dependent on their husbands (who themselves may not be professionally and financially independent at the age of 21 ). As a result, the girls are more vulnerable to abusive relationships as they have few options to leave and provide for themselves. Marriage is no joke and contrary to the popular belief , girls do not have enough maturity to get into a lifelong commitment at 18 years of age . They are often forced into these marriages by their parents .Their immaturity , lack of ability to take decisions and early pregnancy lead to frustrations, separation and divorce. Today, there are more opportunities , more choices, more knowledge and expectations from life which an 18 year old girl may not be able to avail as she is married off by her parents by that time. When the voting age can be reduced from 21 to 18 as done in 1988 , it’s time we amend the marriageable age in our country . Not only should it be increased to 25 but also kept same for both boys and girls as the regions of human brain which are crucial for decision making, anticipating consequences , rewards and risks do not reach maturity until 20s. Also, the boys become professionally and financially independent around the age of 25 years and hence can take on marital responsibility . As a progressive Nation, a new set of goals for national development are required with a desperate need to empower girls to prevent them from getting married at an early age as 18. They also need more time like boys to stand on their own feet . Once girls complete their education up to a minimum level of graduation or diploma , they have access to jobs that can earn them a living and help them in supporting their families . There is a need to remove this discrimination in terms of different legal marriageable age of boys and girls and provide them equal time and space to enter Matrimony . It’s time to embrace roles for girls beyond wedlock which will make them more responsible and financially independent.
Today, on this first day of 2018, when everyone is busy wishing their near and dear ones 'a very happy and prosperous New Year 2018', it's the Muslim women who have the most to smile about as they find liberation and empowerment with the help and support of the present Govt-their newfound ally. Muslim women have , for long, experienced pain and difficulties due to the practice of Triple Talaq. But now, after a long fight, this inhuman and evil practice has been abolished, bringing joy and relief to the Muslim women. Adding further to their rights, leading to happiness, they can now go for the Haj pilgrimage without 'mahram'(an adult, male blood relative or husband). For the past 70 years, Muslim women have been suffering the injustice of the policy which allowed them to perform Haj only in the company of a male guardian. Such a restriction is not prevalent in many Islamic countries and the scrapping of this rule will have a far reaching impact on our image as a society. These two major steps , abolishing Instant Talaq and removal of the restriction of having a 'mahram' for Haj pilgrimage , will provide equal opportunity to Muslim women and will enable them to proceed simultaneously on the path of progress . KMLAWASSOCIATES, the best law firm in Delhi NCR provides expert legal services to women who suffer from gender based discrimination, either in family/society or workplace.
Twinkle Khanna has been served with a notice for promoting Supertech Greater Noida project with 1400 flats which never took off and the developer has called it off. Maybe Mrs funny bones (Twinkle's recently acquired name) finds the matter funny and can laugh it off .However , it is a grave situation for those 1400 people who have invested their hard earned money in the project but have been left high and dry. Anupam Kher actively endorsed and advertised the project of Vigneshwara Developers which was abandoned by the company and when questioned over the same, he conveniently passed over the blame onto the gullible buyers , calling them 'funny'. Over the last few years, he has become self proclaimed spokesperson for Kashmiri Pandits and takes credit for turning on the spotlight on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley and says that had it not been for him, the present generation would not have known what happened to them 26years ago. But does Anupam Kher know what has happened to the buyers who had invested in Vigneshwara Developers, strongly endorsed and promoted by him? In one of his interviews, he has said that"The Kashmiri Pandits have been thrown out of their own land and I have a right to talk about their plight and suffering." But what about the plight and suffering of the large number of people who have been mislead by him? Why is he treating them differently? Is he not concerned about these homebuyers/investors who invested their life earnings in these projects because of the faith that he brought with his status?Is he not affected by the consequences of his association with a defaulter group or has the fee received by him sealed his lips? MS Dhoni, the most reliable and popular cricketer of our country, who was the Brand Ambassador of Amrapali Group, resigned from the builder who didn't deliver the houses to their buyers. But how has Dhoni helped these buyers by resigning? He only helped himself in doing so.Why has he not returned/refunded the payments received by him in this project? Many questions but no answers. Several homebuyers and investors have been hit hard by defaulting companies, false promises and incomplete projects endorsed by celebrities. It's high time for celebrities to take responsibility and bear the brunt of their actions in terms of a hefty penalty and jail term. KMLAWASSOCIATES is the most reliable law firm in Delhi NCR for matters pertaining to cheating and fraud. We have successfully represented victims of Unfinished housing projects and also clients cheated by stockbrokers in Delhi NCR.
MIND THE GAP The gender pay gap in India is HUGE and we must learn a lesson from Iceland where it's now illegal to pay women less than men. Some nations have equal-salary certificate policies but Iceland has set precedence in making it mandatory for both private and public firms. Companies with more than 25 workers will have to obtain an "equal pay certification" from an accredited auditor showing that they are basing pay differences on legitimate factors such as education, skills and performance.And the certification must be renewed every three years. Let's hope that Iceland's legislation will work as a wake up call for India to tackle the current existing gender pay gap. KMLAWASSOCIATES has an outstanding success rate in protecting victims of gender based discrimination and violence in New Delhi, NCR. The professional legal team of KMLAWASSOCIATES uses multi-pronged strategy to deal with various facets of women's rights violation in Delhi , NCR.
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