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Reasons for atrocities on women similar across religious groups

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  • Thiagarajan Arunachalam
    From: karmayog - tanya http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-reasons-for-atrocities-on-women-similar-across-religious-groups-/1078000/0
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 22, 2013
      From: karmayog - tanya <info@...>


      'Reasons for atrocities on women similar across religious groups'

      Express news service : Fri Feb 22 2013, 05:00 hrs

      The third interim report filed by the Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari
      Commission set up to suggest mearsures to curb crimes against women has
      recommended a uniform civil code, observing that the causes behind
      atrocities are similar in nature across religious groups.
      The committee was set up by the state government in 2010. Its report, which
      was sent to the government on January 16, was placed before the Bombay High
      Court on Thursday.

      The committee has cited Article 44 of the Constitution, which says that the
      state "shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code
      throughout the territory of India". The report observes, "The condition of
      Muslim women should be seriously considered. It is necessary to have a
      uniform civil code as per Article 44 of the Constitution." Referring to
      deciding the age of a person attaining majority, the report says, "As the
      law pertaining to attaining the age of majority is 'secular', it should be
      applicable to every community." It has said the consent of woman for
      marriage should be "clear and in written form", and that there should be a
      clear provision pertaining to oral "talaaq" and other forms of divorce.

      The committee has also recommended that anti-dowry laws should apply to
      Muslims as well.

      Also, significantly, the committee has recommended that law should be
      amended so that the statement of a rape victim is recorded only once, and in
      the presence of a magistrate. According to the panel, the statement should
      be treated as "examination in chief" and cross- examination should be
      conducted only on the basis of that statement.

      Vijay Raghavan, head of Criminology department at the Tata Institute of
      Social Sciences (TISS) and member of the panel, said, "This amendment will
      help to prevent repeated trauma of the victim. Recalling details of a sexual
      assault is difficult for a victim, and such a change in the law should
      greatly reduce the difficulties that the criminal justice system poses for

      Another important recommendation is that of reducing the age of juvenility
      from 18 years to 15 years. The committee said this should be done in the
      context of "changing social structures and lifestyles".

      Other suggestions

      - Restrictions on public prosecutors and lawyers for accused from speaking
      to media

      - In cases of crimes against women, passive bystanders should also be
      treated as criminals and a provision should be made to this effect in the

      - 'Stalking' and 'blackmailing' should be made criminal acts

      - Political parties should not field candidates involved in crimes against

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