The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has called upon the graduating students to make good use of the opportunities offered and contribute to nation building. He was addressing the 83rd convocation of the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra, on December 5, 2017. While advising the students to emulate the patron of the university- Ambedkar, he also lauded that the 90-year-long history and contribution of Agra University which has produced two Prime Ministers, two Presidents and several Governors.
Kovind reminded the graduating students that this convocation was not the end of their educational journey but the process of learning will continue life-long. One should, with full determination and concentration, march ahead and also help those who are behind you, he said.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Governor and Chancellor of the University Ram Naik said he was particularly satisfied and happy to note that of the 114 medals being awarded, 96 were going to girls (84 per cent). As the nation talks of women’s reservation in legislature, here on their own, the girls are forging ahead and bringing laurels.
Naik also reminded the graduates that there are no short cuts to success and students should introspect and improve.
As the President advised the youths to partake in nation building, on the same day at in a school in Ghaziabad, Class 6 boy sexually assaulted a 7 year old schoolmate in the school premises, as he followed her to the washroom, and had also inserted a wooden twig into her private parts. The boy has been booked under the Section 375 of The Indian Penal Code, after the FIR was filed by the victim’s parents.
There have been two other incidents both reported from Telangana, where one a 7 year old girl was kidnapped in front of her house and raped, in Kotapally, while the other one, a woman, who was seven months pregnant jumped from the moving van to escape being raped by two men who had given her a lift as she could not get the bus back home after work. She was also accompanied by her 7 year old daughter. This incident was reported from Jaishankar district, Telangana.
The involvement of juveniles in sexual assault cases is on the rise lately in India, as many angry parents held the educational institutions authorities responsible for their failure to provide security for the children, particularly the girl students. Others blame it on social networks which are easily accessible to the urban children and youth.
However, most of the research scholars attribute this to the modern lifestyle, where the children are being pampered with all latest gadgets and hefty sums of pocket money, only to compensate the lack of time given to their own kids, as both parents are career oriented. Hence the human emotions are scare, as in most cases, such juvenile do not feel guilty of their crime, unable to understand humanism and society.
The research scholars also acknowledge that the easy access to social networks, which is a superficial lifestyle has further glamorized sexual assaults and sex acts as heroism to overcome loneliness and depression.
The modern lifestyle, where the parents openly smoke and drink alcohol in front of the children has led to a situation where the latter have taken such action as social status while seeing nothing wrong in keeping with the same. Above that pornography is easily available in every cell phone, which has been further reassured by the free lifestyle at home, making it believable to the young mind that a sexual encounter is as normal as any other house-hold activity.
There are various sensitizing programmes being conducted across the society, whereas, it is shocking that the very elected representative keeps blaming the dress code for this situation. How do they justify the raped of a 4 year old and a 7 year old girl recently, in the regime of Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government, with one of its flagship programme- Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save girl child, educate a girl child)? The legislators on many occasions have been caught viewing pornography while the Assembly Session is on.
It is no longer just the government’s duty to protect the women and girl child. It is the society that needs to introspect where had the social ethics have evaporated in the mad-race for achievement, career and status, which has resulted in costing the dignity of girl child and women in our society.