CBCI urges the Governments to report sexual violence without delay

CBCI urges the Governments to report sexual violence without delayThe Catholic Bishops' Conference of India urges the Union Government and the State Governments to address these issues without delay, mindful of the fact that violence against women and children will crumble the pillars of our society and eventually cripple the nation in its march towards peace and prosperity. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India is happy that the Central Government, the Judiciary and some State Governments have already initiated strong and stringent measures to curb the violence on women and children. We hope that this awakening should not be momentary, but it should result in evolving and implementing comprehensive laws and effective measures to ensure the security and safety of women in our metropolitan cities and in villages as well.

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The Office Bearers of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, recently gathered in a special session in Mumbai, profoundly shared the concerns and distress of the people across the nation over the recent developments seen at our society. Instances of sexual violence against women and children have increased in an alarming rate, the most shocking being the gang rape and murder of a young medical student in the capital city of Delhi. This dastardly act of violence had evoked unprecedented protest and anger from all well-meaning people, cutting across all barriers. But the fact remains that this is not an isolated incident. Besides, according to sources, hundreds of rape cases are being reported everyday across the nation and female feticide, infanticide, molestation, kidnapping, abduction, dowry deaths, trafficking for sex and slavery continue to be perpetrated in several parts of the country. This is indeed a very alarming situation.

Different views were expressed from different quarters, suggesting ways and means to curb this type of incidents. Capital punishment, Chemical castrations were some of the means suggested. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India feels that while dealing with such issues, emotions should give way to wisdom, and desire for vengeance should give way to forgiveness. Any punishment meted out to the culprits is expected to be deterrent of such evil practices in the future.

Archbishop Albert D'Souza, Secretary General, CBCI stated that as the nation is getting ready to celebrate its 64th Republic Day, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India appeals to all people of good will to take up this confidence and hope our responsibilities as citizens of India to guard against all such evil forces that weaken the moral and ethical fibre of our nation and to rediscover fundamental values on which to build a better India.

Archbishop Albert D'Souza, Secretary General, CBCI stated that as the nation is getting ready to celebrate its 64th Republic Day, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India appeals to all people of good will to take up this confidence and hope our responsibilities as citizens of India to guard against all such evil forces that weaken the moral and ethical fibre of our nation and to rediscover fundamental values on which to build a better India. Source CBCI

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