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...This hope has been belied.Such incidents did not end, and the Mumbai gangrape is the latest in a sequence of ugly events.Why is this happening and why are we not able to control it?When the Delhi gangrape was followed by the gangrape of a Swiss tourist in Madhya Pradesh, the Chinese Communist Party-run Global Times felt that "the frequent rape cases cast a shadow on the quality of Indian democracy".They called it an indicator of the "failure" of India's democracy to ensure good governance.The quality of governance may not meet required standards, but to ascribe the increasing number of rapes in the country to the failure of democracy is somewhat far-fetched.The reasons for the continued assaults on women's dignity lie elsewhere.Two reasons are prominent: weak law enforcement and a conservative mindset.Whenever such incidents occur, people blame the laws. ...Indian Express on Aug. 27, 2013, 12:11 a.m.
...Luckily for the government, the apex court prescribed two basic principles that should govern the formulation of such a law.The CBI should become neither a "caged parrot", nor an "unruly horse".The "caged parrot" part of the apex court's observations received much wider publicity than the "unruly horse" portion.This is unfortunate, as these ideas are closely linked.Indeed, they flow from each other.The CBI, like any other police agency, enjoys enormous power, which must be controlled to prevent misuse.But then, controlling the agency itself becomes a source of power that can be misused to serve partisan interests.The new law for the CBI must, therefore, respect and balance these two ideas.The present law vests the superintendence of the CBI in the Central government, though a part of the control has also been transferred to the CVC. ...Indian Express on May 25, 2013, 12:18 a.m.