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Perpetrators in seven of 10 cases of sexual abuses known to victim: Sitharaman

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with FLO President Pinky Reddy and former FLO president Vinita Bimbhet releases "Gender Parity Index" at an interactive sesion on "Stories That Matter - Journey of India's First Full-Time Defence Minister" in New Delhi on Monday.

New Delhi: Expressing concern about the increased incidents of sexual abuses against minors, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today pushed for change in how families brought up their sons and said perpetrators are known to the victim in seven of 10 cases. Calling for a change in mindset, she said law agencies need to be more proactive but alone cannot stop incidents of rape.  

"Out of every 10 such incidents, seven are committed by people who know the victim-- relative, friends, neighbour. Law enforcement agencies need to be far more proactive, I concede all that," the minister said at an event organised by industry lobby FICCI.

"We will have to reform the police, we will have to see women's legislation are taken up actively and so on. But above all, in any country for that matter, what are the efforts that can be done by an external agency when you have known people absolutely violating women," she added.  Sitharaman termed "ridiculous" the views of those who cite dress as the reason for rape. If that were to matter, why would elderly women and toddlers be sexually abused, she asked.

"So I am trying to push the argument that a lot is upon us in terms of the mindsets with which boys are brought up in our families," the minister said.

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