New Delhi: On the occasion of Women’s Day on March 8, the Center and states organize several programmes and announce a slew of measures for ensuring security and safety of the fairer sex in the society. Is the government system providing enough security to the women? The heinous crimes committed against women in the recent days clearly reflect a grim picture of the security apparatus.

Have we learnt any lessons from the infamous Nirbhaya incident in which a 20 year-old-girl was brutally gang raped in a moving bus in the national capital on December 16 night?

The rising graph of crime against women in the national capital is a serious concern. Mere making laws won’t curb such incidences. The need of the hour is to give more teeth to police.

Astonishingly, in current political scenario, women are holding several key posts but nothing much has been done as far as women security is concerned.

Being the UPA and NAC chairperson, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has a major say in the policy making as well as the government functioning.  Meira Kumar has been successfully conducting the Lok Sabha proceedings, while Sushma Swaraj is the Leader of Opposition in the Lower House. Sheila Dikshit also happens to be the Chief Minister of Delhi. Despite all this, no improvement has been seen in the status of women.

However, Finance Minister P Chidambaram took a welcome step by making a budgetary allocation worth Rs 1,000 crore for Nirbhaya fund to support women centric schemes. The Ministry for Women and Child Development has also been granted an additional Rs 200 crore for one-stop crisis centre, a national helpline and effective implementation of the domestic violence act and discrimination at work place act.

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