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It’s been over 10 years since the government passed laws protecting the rights of women in the workplace and first amended criminal laws to widen the definition of rape and make the penalties more stringent. Yet today, India and the world are witnessing the disturbing spectacle of women sportspeople camped out in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar demanding justice for serial sexual harassment by the head of their federation.
The response from the ruling party that proudly parades its credentials as a promoter of girls’ education and women’s rights has been distinctly underwhelming. Note, too, that this is the party whose state government in Goa once filed with uncharacteristic alacrity a case against Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal on the complaint of one