Mangalore/New Delhi, May 10: Today is the birthday of the victim of December 16 Delhi gang rape. The 23-year-old student, whose fatal gang rape on a moving bus in Delhi stirred national outrage and grief, prompted changes in rape laws in the country and also inspired the Central government to create a special R 1000-crore ‘Nirbhaya Fund’, largely dedicated to improving women’s safety.
While presenting the government’s budget for this fiscal year, Finance Minister P Chidambaram had said, “We have a collective responsibility to ensure the dignity and safety of women. Recent incidents have cast a long, dark shadow on our liberal and progressive credentials. As more women enter public spaces — for education or work or access to services or leisure — there are more reports of violence against them… The new fund will be used to empower and protect women.”
Former Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta has demanded that the Delhi braver heart’s birthday should be declared as ‘National Women Security Day’,
“Five months have passed since the tragic incident took place. Enough slogans have been shouted, promises have been made, initiatives have been taken, laws have been proposed but there has been no conclusion yet,” he had said while addressing a press conference with officials of NGO ‘Sampurna’.
Gupta said the NGO has already decided to observe May 10 as Women Security Day in Delhi.
“By doing so, we will not only be able to give a strong message that women security is priority for civil society, masses and policy makers, but we will also be able to set yearly targets and monitor the progress too,” he said.
“The brutal rape forced the nation to retrospect about women security issues. We should remember that people will not always come out to the streets like they did after the incident. We must do something so that the society does not forget the brutal incident,” he added.
A Sampurna official said it has started a six month – long women security movement under which they plan to cover 500 vulnerable areas and spread awareness about issues like women security, dowry, female foeticide among others.
“We will be holding self-defence workshops and debating sessions for women on May 10. We also want to question the government about how the Nirbhaya fund of Rs 1000 crore declared by the government is being used,” vice-president of Sampurna, Asha Jain said.