The National Commission for Women (NCW) pitched for comprehensive changes in the existing legal system to put an effective check on incidents of sexual assault and said “inadequacies” in law should be plugged to be tougher in cases of eve-teasing and molestation.
“We have sent the draft for the proposed Sexual Assaults Bill to the Government,wherein stringent punishment for offences other than rape has been advocated,” NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas told reporters in Allahabad.
The proposal underlines inadequacies in existing laws,which are not adequately tough on offences like eve-teasing and molestation — both traumatising for women as any other crime.
“Besides,even in cases of rape,the severity of punishment needs to be much higher,if the victims are of tender age and the perpetrators belong to law-enforcing agencies,” Vyas said.
One of the main reasons for growing incidents of rape cases was reluctance of victims to lodge complaint. Realising that it might be due to “insensitivity” to which they are subjected to during investigation and trial,the NCW has suggested remedies in the draft.
“There should be just one in-camera recording of statement after which the victims must not be asked to narrate trauma again.”
“We need to understand that murder kills a person only once. But,a rape victim is often condemned to die every moment of her life,a view expressed even by the apex court,” she added.