I wanted to record this because I feel that we are forgetting too soon - Today marks a year since the horrific gangrape of a young girl in Delhi last year and the question that everyone's been asking here is - Has anything changed? The only thing that has changed are the numbers - the number of people, largely women, affected by sexual violence, the large number of cases that have gone unnoticed by the media, and in particular, a huge increase in the number of people who have registered cases of molestation, sexual harassment and rapes. What this does say is that India has had an incredibly difficult time implementing any laws that exist to curb these crimes. For example, this year, three powerful people i.e. Tehelka's (former) Editor in Chief Tarun Tejpal, Former justice AK Ganguly and Former CEO of iGate Phaneesh Murthy were all in the news for sexual harassment. Yet, the only thing that this has revealed is that there is little or no importance given to the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace. This is just a small example.
A year on, I wish I could say that things have changed. But that would really be wishful thinking. Have things improved in that people are aware of how serious sexual violence is? Yes, people are more conscious of it now. Has India become a safer, better place? Honestly, I don't think so. But I haven't lost hope that it will.
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