The Delhi braveheart is no more. What remains, however, is a resolve among the multitudes to effect systemic changes to ensure that a repeat of the incident never takes place. But somehow the ruling class is yet to commit itself to a safer society for women, and everybody in general.
With the panel led by former chief justice JS Verma laying down the blueprint to a safer society, the onus is once again on the common man to inbibe, implement and demand that the panel's recommended course of cleansing the system is taken up on own accord. While the panel has, in a bid to stem the rot at the top, suggested that MPs and MLAs involved in crimes against women must resign the moment charges against them are framed, we all know this is an unlikely event without adequate public pressure.
Backed by the National Commission for Women, the 'ResignBeforeJan26th' (https://www.facebook.com/resignbeforejan26th) campaign is demanding that two MPs and 42 MLAs whose poll nomination affadavits clearly state their involvement in cases relating to crimes against women, should put in their papers before the Republic Day.
Instead of resorting to the usual excuse of "let them get convicted first" political parties must show that they are serious about change and ask the tainted MPs, MLAs to resign immediately. It will be a fitting tribute to the strength of our Republic, and its ability to transform itself.
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