Rising rape cases
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]agaland has organizations to deal most of the prevailing issues but we don’t have a single body particularly to deal the sexual harassment against the fairer sex. It is the need of the hour for a cohesive and effective campaign across the State against the rising cases of sexual assault. We only hear students’ organizations, the Church, local clubs and women based unions come out to protest or condemn every time there is a case of molestation or rape.
What should be the nature of the campaign against sexual harassment? Well, a state level organisation should be floated with its units in every district. This organization should study the factors causing for the rising cases of sexual crime against women and carry out the campaign in collaboration with local clubs and hohos. Experts’ views should be entertained to deal the issue which is very important. This column does not attempt to highlight the strategies for the campaigners. Strategies should come out from the experts and the activists who are more suited to the issue. We only advocate fervently that an effective organization specifically to fight against the rising incidents of rape and molestation in the State should be formed. It should be a movement.Local clubs, the Church, tribal hohos, women based organizations and students’ bodies are there checking the malady but these organizations cannot go for a full-blown campaign. They will be pre-occupied with issues in one way or the other. So to have a continuous campaign or a mass movement it will not be feasible without a specific body on the issue. Again, sans these local clubs and organizations the campaign will not be effective.
Meanwhile, in the event of carrying out the campaign the administration should support the movement with whatever available resource it has. The media will be always there to play its role. Unless we start such a new movement after discarding the stereotype approach the society cannot expect to see a safer place for women.