Jose John June 2, 2016 No Comments
LEGAL EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN The Jessica Lall murder case has brought into sharp focus the glaring inadequacies of our criminal system. As the rest of the world watches in helpless silence and impotent anger, the offender escapes through many of the loopholes in the criminal justice system. Does law empower woman to get justice? She can fight in the courtroom and still be a loser. Had the laws succeeded, there would have been no child marriage, female feticide or female infanticide, no dowry deaths and no rapes. Perhaps India may have more laws than any other country to empower women, but the way the female species is treated right from the time she is born-nay, even before being born to the last stages of life, speaks volumes for the stark fact that laws are more observed in their breach than in their observance. We know well enough that one of the main reasons for the declining sex ratio is the well-entrenched prejudice against the girl child, goading the parents to go in for a selective abortion. And the parents, the doctors and radiologists running the clinics-flout with impunity the Pre­conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act (PCPNDT). When both the parents-man and woman-do not want...
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