Law often take ages in being passed. This time lag is to the detriment of the country and society. Some proposals are so obviously needed changes that they should be passed with the utmost speed. Here are two laws that are absolutely essential yet they are only being deliberated ad infinitum ad nauseum.
After the Nirbhaya case, there was a spontaneous uproar in the country. This finally made the lawmakers admit that rape laws need to be stricter. The horrendous case happened in December 2012. The amendments to the rape laws are still being proposed and deliberated while rapes are being committed with impunity across the length and breadth of the country. The latest case from the Shakti Mills compound in Mumbai is yet another horrific statistic in the growing list reported in the media.
Stricter laws and vigilant and speedy implementation of the laws are an urgent need in the country. There is a section of the intelligentsia arguing that stricter laws may be misused to frame men. This is a specious argument. Unfathomably, it is being given a modicum of credence and the essential law is being delayed.
It is imperative to pass the law and to ensure that the new law does not try minors with kid gloves under juvenile laws. In the Nirbhaya incident, it was the minor who was the cruellest of them all. Also, a lot of rapes are perpetuated by minors (in the 15 to 18 age group) against minors (starting from infants who may be a few months old to pre-teens). The age doesn’t make it a lesser crime and the offenders necessarily must be punished as per the heinousness of the crime, not their age.
Law Against Misusing Taxpayer Money for Advertisement of Political Parties
Recently the Law Commission has proposed that high decibel media blitzkriegs by outgoing governments should be banned. The proposal places the ban for a period of six months before the elections. The Commission is working on electoral reforms and is in the process of finalising its repost. The outgoing government usually has access to public funds and connivingly uses these funds, meant for various developmental and infrastructural projects, to finance high-profile advertising campaigns which they splash across all available media vehicles. The current government has planned an outlay of Rs. 630 crores for self-publicity.
With elections right around the corner, protection of public funds is an emergency. Every rupee spent towards the advertising is a rupee less for food, health, shelter, education, water, roads etc. This rupee is ill-affordable for a country where 17.5% of population are undernourished (source World Food Programme and almost 25% of the population is illiterate (source UNHD report 2011 which placed India in the 70% to 80% literacy level. Adjusting 2 years, the given is an approximate percentage). As per the UNICEF, “Malnutrition is more common in India than in Sub-Saharan Africa. One in every three malnourished children in the world lives in India” (see UNICEF site). These figures are just a tip of the iceberg of the lack of essential services in the country. Clearly, public funds necessarily must be used for the country and citizens, not for funding political aspirations and ambitions. This makes this proposed law an evident necessity.