Men the world over must change their mindset, says Indian ambassador to Zimbabwe

The Indian ambassador to Zimbabwe has said there is a need to change the mindset of men the world over so as to stop violence and rape against women.

By Robert Tapfumaneyi

The Indian ambassador to Zimbabwe has said there is a need to change the mindset of men the world over so as to stop violence and rape against women.

Ambassador Jeiteendra Tripath made the comments during a memorial service held in Harare for the Indian woman who died after being gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi.

“The only weapon that can fight against this brutality is to change the thinking of men in every country so that women can feel safe everywhere they are,” said Ambassador Tripath.

Jessie Majome, deputy minister of women affairs, gender and community development, said there was a need to protect young women especially as they are more likely to be victims of rape. She added that it was befitting for Zimbabwe to hold such a memorial so as to send a clear message that rape not only violates women’s rights in India but the whole world.

Various young women who spoke at the memorial condemned the Indian gang and other men who perpetrate violence and rape against women. They called upon the United Nations and governments to enact laws and policies that better protect women and deal with perpetrators in a way that sends a clear message to men.

Many women present were angry at the Zimbabwean authorities for enacting laws that send livestock thieves to jail longer than rapists.

“If one steals a cow in this country he is sentenced to more than ten years in jail but a rapist is given less than five years, probably because these laws were enacted by men who are incidentally the majority in the August house,” said Beatrice Savadye.

An Indian woman was gang-rape aboard a bus in New Delhi that spawned mass protests in Indian. She later died from her injuries.

The memorial service was held the in Indian ambassador offices and attended by various young women from organisations such as Tag a Life, Young Women First, Source International, Young Women 4 Real. It was organised by SAfAIDS Zimbabwe.

 

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