We must question how we are bringing up our sons : Dr Sunita Krishnan, Indian social activist and chief functionary and co-founder of Prajwala
Updated on: 11 May 2016
'It is not about women today; it's about men.' 'We need to focus our energy on a war footing on men.' 'Let us start with a boy who is 10 years old.' 'If you don't concentrate on your son, the safe spaces for women will shrink further.'
A brutal rape-murder in Kerala has raised the ghost of a similar horrific incident that occurred in New Delhi on December 16, 2012.
It underlined that fact that nearly four years later, nothing had changed. India -- which continues to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women -- continues to see horrific crimes committed against women.
The Jisha murder case -- Jisha was a 29-year-old law student in Perumbavoor -- is the latest to slip into the spotlight, even as thousands of cases go unreported.
Dr Sunita Krishnan runs Prajwala, an organisation that rescues girls and women from trafficking. She is also the honorary director of the Nirbhaya cell launched by the Kerala government.
Dr Krishnan, who has won a Padma Shri for her work, speaks to Shobha Warrier/Rediff.com
Kerala was the first state to start a Nirbhaya cell to provide security to women in the state after Nirbhaya's brutal murder in Delhi. Is it not ironical that a similar brutal rape and murder has taken place in Kerala?
Let me make one thing clear. The Nirbhaya cell in Kerala did not come up because of the Nirbhaya case in Delhi.
I had met the chief minister of Kerala in September 2011 and apprised him of the growing number of sex trafficking and sex-related crimes in Kerala.
Immediately after my presentation and meeting with him, he constituted a high-level committee led by poet Sugathakumari with Sarada Muraleedharan and I as members. We were involved in the drafting of the Nirbhaya policy.
We used the word 'Nirbhaya' in February 2012, at least nine months before the Delhi incident happened. We wanted to make Kerala safe for women and children. Like we say in Malayalam, women and children should be able to walk around without fear (nirbhayam).
I was appointed as the first Nirbhaya advisor to the government, but I resigned in 2014 since the government was not serious about implementing the policy. In 2015, they got me back again. Now, I am the honorary director of the Nirbhaya cell.
What happened in Perumbavoor to Jisha is very shocking.
What happened in Delhi took place in a moving bus but here it happened inside the girl's house. It reveals the shrinking of secure spaces for women and children in this country, not just in Kerala.
Do you feel the incident has nothing to do with the state?