Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 May 2018 11:39:58









JUSTICE in general and gender justice in particular is a matter of debate for long in the Indian society that is still finding ways to bring in a change in the tardy pace of judicial process. The issue gets grave when it comes to crime against women, safety standards and abysmally poor conviction rates. The Union Government has taken some welcome steps in response to public sentiments over growing incidents of sexual assaults on women. A recent ordinance regarding amendment to Article 376 of IPC has made provision for stricter punishment to the perpetrators. However, low conviction rates is a major worry that the Government and prosecution agencies must deal with urgently. A data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has revealed a 12 per cent rise in incidents of rape in 2016 as compared to 2015. This proves that the present laws and prosecution process hardly act as deterrents to check the crime. Technological advancement, forensic support and more powers to the probing agencies should arm the prosecution process for speedy disposal of such cases against women.


UNION Surface Transport Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari, in a strait talk, has very rightly said that it is the Government and not the officers whom the people will blame if the Ganga cleaning work were not done. Because the Government headed by elected representatives is answerable to the people and not the bureaucracy. But it is equally true that the Government is heavily dependent on the efficiency of the administrative wing. However, it is a common experience that, on some pretext or the other, project work gets stalled in the bureaucratic red tape which can frustrate even the most efficient and workaholic minister. Mr. Gadkari must have had similar experience in executing the prestigious clean Ganga project and hence the remark that the public is going to question the Government if it failed to complete Ganga cleaning work. Somehow the culture of sitting over files and project clearances has got deeply imbedded in the country’s administrative arm which perforce slows down the functioning of the Government.