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Nirbhaya Verdict a Victory, But Long Way to Go Before We Rejoice

Is India a country for women?

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On 5 May, the Supreme Court upheld an earlier Delhi High Court order, awarding the death penalty to all the four convicts in the 2012 gangrape and murder case of Jyoti Singh, commonly referred to as Nirbhaya.

"It's a barbaric crime and it has shaken the society's conscience," Justice R Banumathi told the court, stressing on the need to educate children to respect women.

Jyoti's parents started clapping as soon as the verdict was announced. Her father called it a victory for his family.

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While the verdict deserves to be celebrated, dare we ask – is Delhi safe for women today?

According to 2015 data by National Crime Records Bureau, rape cases in Delhi shot up by 200 percent since 2012!

Mumbai is not far behind. According to a survey carried out by NGO Praja, between 2010 and 2015, reporting of rape shot up by 390 percent, and molestation by 347 percent.

And get this – in India, 26 cases of crimes against women are reported every hour, or one case reported every TWO minutes!

So justice for Jyoti is without a doubt a victory. But let’s rejoice only when we make India a country for women.

Camera: Abhilash Mallick
Video Editor: Sunil Goswami

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