Kejriwal wants strict punishment for rapists and lowering of juvenile age
GN Bureau | October 19, 2015
After Sunday’s politics over increasing incidences of rapes in Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced steps to check crimes against women in the national capital while saying that there was no fear of law in Delhi.
He said one reason why attacks on women, rapes in particular, were on the rise in Delhi was because criminals had no fear of the law.
"I don't think all the bad people live only in Delhi, and that people living in places like Kolkata, New York, London or Varanasi are saints. It is just that the fear of law is not there in Delhi."
"Rapists know nothing will happen to them, " Kejriwal said.
He announced the formation of a panel of ministers to examine stricter punishment for those found guilty of raping minors. The group of ministers, headed by law minister Manish Sisodia, will submit its report in 15 days. He called for the juvenile age in rape cases to be reduced to 15.
Addressing a press conference on Monday after a cabinet meeting on the safety of women, the Delhi CM said that the state government will appoint special prosecutors in rape cases. Kejriwal said that the government would request for fast-tracking of rape cases.
"The government is prepared to allocate funds to increase the number of fast track courts," he said. "We will take help from the chief justice of Delhi.
"We will need to set up many more courts. We need to speed up the legal process... We have the political will. Whatever funds and staff are needed for this, we will provide," he said.
On Sunday he had attacked prime minister Narendra Modi and said he (Kejriwal) will not let him sleep "peacefully" if "jungle raj prevails". After a meeting with lt governor Najeeb Jung, Kejriwal lambasted the centre and Delhi police, asserting that he will not remain silent on the issue of women's security.
"We will not allow the prime minister to sleep peacefully if women in Delhi do not get proper safety and the present trend of rapes continues. That is guaranteed," Kejriwal had said.
Claiming that "jungle raj" was prevailing in the capital, Kejriwal urged Modi not to remain "stubborn" and hand over law and order control to city government for at least one year.
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