We need to develop a deeper understanding of the behavioural and contextual factors that lead the perpetrator to this crime
Last week’s rape and murder in Hyderabad has again brought the issue of sexual assault into prominence. At the core of many recent discussions on it is the widespread belief that severe and immediate punishment will eliminate the problem. According to Mohd Zahir Khan, former professor of social work at Jamia Millia Islamia University, who also served as a professor of criminology at the National Institute of Criminology, New Delhi, the focus of all these discussions is an over-reliance on the law to solve what is essentially a social problem. The existing tendency is to act after the occurrence of a crime, instead of being proactive in preventing it.