The issue of women’s safety comes under the national limelight with shameful regularity. The recent incident of a woman being pursued at night by men in a car in Chandigarh is a reminder that… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.
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- pursue (verb) – go after, follow/chase, stalk (someone).
- swift (adj) – fast, rapid/quick, speedy.
- limelight (noun) – the focus of attention, public attention, public notice.
- odium (noun) – disgust, disapproval, repulsion.
- deterrent (adjective) – relating to something which is aimed/intended to deter (stop/prevent) something else.
- pertain to (verb) – concern, relate to, be connected with.
- invoke (verb) – evoke, induce, cause.
- stringent (adjective) – strict, firm, tough/rigorous.
- provision (noun) – term, clause; proviso, condition.
- onus (noun) – responsibility, duty, burden
- foil (verb) – thwart, hinder, prevent/obstruct.
- design (noun) – intention, aim, target.
- ordeal (noun) – painful experience, torture/trauma, trouble/difficulty.
- ought to (modal verb) – must, should.
- traumatic (adjective) – disturbing, shocking, distressing.
- inhibit (verb) – impede, hinder, prevent.
- unsolicited (adjective) – uninvited, undemanded, voluntary.
- in the wake of (phrase) – aftermath, as a consequence of, as a result of.
- rigour (noun) – strictness, severity, toughness.
- belie (verb) – conceal, cover/disguise, misrepresent/falsify.
- permeate (verb) – pervade, spread through, inform.
- quarter (noun) – a particular group of people.
- aspersion (noun) – disparagement, denigration, defamation/character assassination.
- call out (phrasal verb) – draw/attract critical attention.
- victim shaming (noun) – ridicule and (wrong) judgment on the victims/survivors of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence for stepping forward and speaking out about abuse.
- discourse (noun) – debate, argument, discussion.
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