Zero tolerance to crime against women: Dy CM


Crime against women is just not acceptable said Mr Francis D’Souza, Deputy Chief Minister, at a symposium on ‘Women Protection – The Law and Beyond’, adding that, the government would have a zero tolerance towards it. The Deputy Chief Minister, who inaugurated the seminar organised by students of V M Salgaocar College of Law, Panaji in association with the Directorate of Women and Child Development, said that people have woken up to this problem a bit too late when number of serious cases are mounting and coming under the public glare. Advocating a sensitising of the administration and law enforcers, he said "the political system needs to be corrected to tackle the issue." Former chief justice of Allahabad High Court, Mr Ferdino Inacio Rebello, was the key speaker at the occasion. Mr Rebello said that there is no quick system in the judiciary to solve the problem of rising offences against women. That is because women are still considered a commodity and stringent punishment handed by the judge can only make headlines without tackling the core of the malaise, he said. Crime against women is nothing new in India in fact getting worse by the day. The seminar, organised following the recent horrific gang-rape of a Delhi medical student, sought to debate on issues such as how the state should respond, should judicial reforms be initiated, should policing improve and how should families adapt. [NT]