Radio National's Counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone: No quick fix to assaults on Indian women
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Last week came reports that a teenage girl in India who was raped by her father, had later been beaten by villagers. The villagers say the victim was the one punished, because she did not report that her father had assaulted her.
The man has now been charged and is awaiting trial. This case and the thousands of others that take place in India each year, illustrates the problem that India has in terms of men’s attitudes to women and the attitude of many Indian's to the legal system.
It also illustrates how India’s police force and court system are also failing victims. Now, the Indian government has announced that in order to better protect women, that from January 1st next year all mobile phones will have a panic button and from 2018 all will have GPS tracking.
But, many commentators agree that beefing up personal security is not the panacea to the problem.