TT: How do you react while reading news of rapes everyday?
Maji: I am horrified. Even in my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine a woman, carrying the corpse of a relative, being gang-raped. This happened to a woman constable of my state
How do you react to the word rape?
In India, women are worshipped as Durga, Kali, Saraswati, Radha. During kumari puja, girl children are worshipped. Nevertheless, girl child and woman alike are treated as commodities and defiled
Do you feel women today are more vulnerable?
Since ages, rape is a weapon to force women to fall in line. To top it, women mostly get blamed for being raped! In India, the erosion of joint family system, sex explosion on the Internet, mobile phones, films, TV and everywhere, endless pursuit of money, the gap between rich and poor make women vulnerable
What will you say to those who blame girls for dressing provocatively?
Whether a woman is covered head to toe or isnít, no one has the right to rape her
How do you stop rape?
There is underlying anger behind every rape. We need a socio-cultural revolution that gives importance to family. Also, all-round economic growth will lessen frustration. I also advocate harsher rape punishments
Do you agree with the notion that girls must come home early?
Ranchi is a small town where roads are deserted by 8pm. But time limits are not feasible in bigger cities where people travel long distances
Many people say a man should be with a woman whenever she steps out of home.
How can a man be the permanent escort of his daughter, sister, wife or other relatives 24/7? We need social safeguards, not individual guards
Child abuse is one of societyís darkest secrets.
Child abuse is often hushed up to protect the family name. But little girls need to know the difference between good and bad touch
Should a girl report rape to the police?
Of course yes. Silence gives the rapist the courage to strike again. Silence stresses on stigma for the victim, not the perpetrator
As a woman, do you feel safe to venture alone from home?
Within city limits, yes