Even though political analysts, women rights activists and the public congratulate Kerala police, the Government and the friends, well-wishers and relatives of the victim in the abduction case for their determination to bring the culprits to book, several questions and anxieties come into one’s mind. Yes, as analysts have rightly observed, the probe and the consequent booking of an influential figure have brought about some respite to the crime-torn population. But will this really act as a game changer is the immediate question that arises.
The probe by Kerala police in the case, without any doubt, deserves a big round of applause, especially at a time when safety of women and other relatively vulnerable sections in society is increasingly under threat. It would be more illustrious if the case paves way for effective implementation of fast track courts for the cases involving sensitive issues such as sexual harassment and rape. Kerala is one among the States’ where an exponential growth of sexual harassment incidents are witnessed.
It is a shame for a State which enjoys a relatively elevated average intelligence, education and employment to witness such incidents on a daily basis. And it is nothing but a shared crime to deny justice to people who are poor, powerless and have long been marginalised. Justice has to be just. We cannot forget the fact that victims of the Suryanelli and Vithura cases, Jisha, Soumya and thousands of other unknown victims of sexual aggression have long been waiting for their share of justice.