Karat and Ali: a reply: Hindu

The title of Brinda Karat's and Subhashini Ali's two-part rejoinder, Investigation as Collusion (The Hindu, May 22-23) is shrill, misleading and objectionable. Only some of the points made in the rejoinder are meant for me; some are for the NCW and some are even directed at some others.

The title of Brinda Karat's and Subhashini Ali's two-part rejoinder, Investigation as Collusion (The Hindu, May 22-23) is shrill, misleading and objectionable. Only some of the points made in the rejoinder are meant for me; some are for the NCW and some are even directed at some others.

Neither the fact-finding committee of the NCW nor I in my article have contradicted or denied the findings of the NGOs. We said that since we went in seven weeks late, there was no point in repeating what earlier groups or committees had already found.

I stand by my statement that ``every woman who was raped was killed seems a little difficult to accept''. This is not to say that I believe that there were few rapes. If the women do not wish to further jeopardise their future in a chastity-focussed culture, they have a right to do so. This is a difficult moment for most women. So many rape cases are reported as attempt to rape for this reason.I have found that everyone, including the NGOs, focussed on the present. This is a statement of fact. There was no planning for the future, which surely lay in safe rehabilitation in the old home or finding a new home. This is the most difficult thing to achieve. After the recent group marriages this is precisely what one of the bridegrooms was reported to have said: ``We have to find a safe place to live. We cannot live in the camps.''

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