‘Bodily offences will not stop as long as there is no change in attitude’

MLC K.S. Lakshman Rao has asserted that liberalisation of the economy has a debilitating impact on the native culture and traditions. The Internet and smartphones have provided easy access to obscene material, which are spoiling the minds of youths. The television media is to be duly blamed.

The consequences of raping and killing women seem to be secondary as sexual perversity encouraged the youth and even elderly persons to first satisfy their carnal desires. Unfortunately, young girls are also not spared of the trauma.

Imparting value-based education and improving relations within families and in society at large will slowly but certainly curb the menace, Mr. Lakshman Rao has observed.

Addressing a round-table on ‘Atrocities on women and children – remedies’ organised by the All India Lawyers’ Union here on Saturday, Mr. Lakshman Rao said there was a conspicuous degeneration of values in civil society so much that the collective ‘we’ had been replaced by ‘I’.

Legislations such as the Nirbhaya Act might be enacted, but the bodily offences on women and girls would not stop as long as there was no change in attitude.

Pressure should be mounted on the governments to sternly deal with the culprits by making tough laws and implementing them in letter and spirit and the civil society should get its act together.

AILU State secretary Kolli Satyanarayana said the Nirbhaya case caught the national attention within no time as social media was put to effective use by people of Delhi even as the incident of rape of tribal women by police at Vakapalli in Visakhapatnam district came to light several years after the offence was committed repeatedly.

Some of the participants wanted the paedophilic tendencies among youths and men be watched to avert the increasing crimes against girls.

AILU district president K. Kalidas, secretary N. Srinivasa Rao, Guntur Bar Association president L. Ankamma Chowdary, N. Venkateswara Rao of Jana Vignana Vedika, and P. Raja Rao of Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee were among those present.