On the 13th of October, Vandita Morarka @vanditamorarka, our very own Legal, Policy and UN liaison Officer at Safecity hosted a tweetchat on Indian laws and Gender Based Violence (GBV). The tweetchat aimed to address whether Indian laws are equipped to handle cases of GBV, and if yes, whether they are implemented correctly. Most of the tweeters agreed that while there are laws in place that address GBV, what is lacking is proper implementation and awareness among the general public. It is important to create awareness from the grassroots level in order to protect the vulnerable from GBV.
Even in the cyberspace, GBV is prevalent but the laws governing it are vague and ambiguous. Stronger and more specific laws for the cyberspace are the need of the hour in this day and age.
Lastly, when it comes to non-legal methods, inclusion of gender sensitive norms at institutions and workplaces, and awareness creation by NGOs, the public and law enforcement alike is the way to go.
This discussion opened up many innovative ideas to improve protection against GBV for all of us.
A tweetchat by Vandita!
Are our laws well-equipped to deal with GBV?