‘Change in Mindset Needed’: Vice Prez Naidu on Unnao, Hyd Incident

Addressing the 16th convocation of the Symbiosis in Pune, he said bringing new laws was not the solution.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu during the 16th convocation ceremony of Symbiosis University  in Pune on Sunday.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday, 8 December said that bringing laws to curb atrocities against women was not the only solution as “political will” and “administrative skills” were required to end the social evil.

Referring to recent incidents in Unnao and Hyderabad, Naidu said, “In Indian culture, we treat a woman as a mother, a sister. But what has happened in recent days in certain parts is really shameful and a challenge for all of us. We must vow to ensure this sort of discrimination, these atrocities are stopped immediately.”

A 23-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district was set afire by five men, including two of her alleged rapists, on Thursday morning when she was going to Rae Bareli to attend a court hearing. She succumbed to burn injuries on Friday night.

The incident came days after the gang-rape and murder of a young veterinary doctor in Hyderabad that sparked national outrage.

‘Change in Mindset Is Need of the Hour’

Addressing the 16th convocation of the Symbiosis International University in Pune, the vice president said bringing new laws was not the solution.

“We brought a Bill on Nirbhaya. What happened? Was the problem solved? I am not against any bill or new law, but what I always feel is political will and administrative skills to kill the social evil are needed. Change in the mindset is the need of the hour and that we should go back to the roots and culture,” he said.

He added that looking at such incidents from the prism of religion and politics would ensure that the “cause is lost.”

The vice president said such incidents were giving the country a bad name, but cautioned against indulging in politics at the expense of the nation during such times.

“It is giving India a bad name. Some people are claiming India is becoming capital of so and so. I do not want to get into that... We should not denigrate our country and we should not get into politics in such matters of atrocities.”
M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President

Naidu pointed out that the need of the hour was for teachers to inculcate right values among students and show them the right path.

‘Can't Be Instant Justice nor Constant Delays in Justice Delivery’

Delivering the Virendra Bhatia Memorial Lecture on Pillars of Democracy in Delhi during the day, the Vice-President said, “There cannot be instant justice, but there can not be constant delays either. Otherwise people become restive and try to take law in their hands.”

To make judicial process more people friendly, Naidu called for undertaking court proceedings in local languages so that people can understand it.

His remarks came a day after Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde said justice can never be instant and loses its character when it becomes revenge. He had also noted that the criminal justice system should reconsider its position towards the time consumed in disposal of cases.

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