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Zero Tolerance Stance on Violence against Women: Kerala CM

Category: National Published: Monday, 27 November 2017

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the Government has a zero tolerance stance on violence against women. He said this in his message on United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

This Government has unabatingly stood for the victims in such cases and has strived to ensure that perpetrators were brought to justice. There is a general feeling that perpetrators of violence against women will not be able to buy freedom with money, power or fame.

This has created a conducive atmosphere for the women to come out and register their complaints. The stigma that once prevented women from speaking out is fast losing currency. We must welcome this change. Gender based violence is a concern for law & order, and must be dealt with strongly, but it is not merely a law and order problem.

We must not be oblivious to the fact that violence against women originates and thrives in the deep-rooted gender based discriminations and disparities in our societies. Therefore the ending of violence against women can only be complete with the elimination of the its sources; norms must change, traditions must end, and only then rights will be meaningful.