R.D. Bhardwaj “Noorpuri”
1. Madhya Pradesh Government has taken a very novel and wise decision in regard to the treatment to be meted out to a category of criminals. It has announced that boys found indulging in eve teasing shall not be issued driving licenses. Not only that, they would also not be issued passports, and many other government facilities and benefits etc. which are otherwise available to the citizens, shall be denied to such criminals. It is certainly a healthy decision and some perverted minds roaming about in society who take pride in indulging in such heinous activities, shall be inclined to think about the consequences of their acts before teasing the females and thereby making their lives difficult, besides inflicting mental and psychological bruises on their minds. State Police has also been told to prepare a data-base of such criminals which shall help them to deal with this category of criminals.
2. In this regard, I would also like to suggest that this kind of punishment and denial of some facilities etc. should not be limited to the eve-teasers only. There are thousands of such boys (and some men as well) who also indulge in chain snatching, pick-pocketing, and kidnapping, rapes and molestation cases etc. All these kinds of anti-social elements should be given such punishment, and if driving licenses have already been issued to them, their documents should be cancelled immediately after verifying the crime committed by them, and these should not allowed to be renewed for a period of at least two to three years, as such perverted minds cannot afford to commit such crimes and also run away in case they are not riding on a bike or driving a car etc. And in this manner, it shall become difficult for them to give practical shape to their dirty designs, which are so harmful to the members of fair-sex of the society.
3. Not only Madhya Pradesh, I think, most of the other states are also suffering due to such dirty activities of many such anti-social elements and vulnerable girls and women are targeted easily by them. Therefore, I would like to suggest that other state governments should also adopt such kinds of innovative methods to award punishment to such criminals. In Delhi, thousands of these kinds of cases are reported every day, particularly in new colonies like Dwarka. Hence, while I appreciate the Madhya Pradesh Government for taking a good decision for the safety of the females, I would like to request Mrs. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, to take efforts and make a law to this effect immediately, so that the females suffering from this kind of menace soon get some relief and Delhi becomes a safer place to live in. Delhi Police should also be advised to prepare a data-base of the elements indulging in thousands of such cases and show no mercy or leniency towards this kind of criminals.
4. And lastly, it should also be borne in mind that it is the constitutional duty of the state governments to take such punitive actions to make the lives of the criminals difficult and unbearable and that of the law abiding citizens – easier and comfortable. The remedial and corrective measures taken by the Government in this direction shall also go a long way in saving the young girls from the avoidable agony of physical pain and mental and psychological bruises caused to them by the uncivilized and anti-social elements of society, who take pride in playing with the modesty of girls and women.