The former Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde has said here on Monday that there was a need for amending laws to ensure speedy justice to victims of rape.

Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of an interaction programme at Oxford College here, Mr. Hegde said there were several lacunae in the existing laws framed to protect women. This had resulted in delayed justice, he said.

“It is only possible to curb such incidents and minimise atrocities against women by subjecting culprits to stricter punishment,” he said. Mr. Hegde called upon the youth to help curb corruption. He asked students to contribute their mite towards building a strong nation.

Mr. Hegde said crime against women, poverty, and malnutrition were only signs of failure of the system, institution and administration. He also took a dig at those who made irresponsible comments on the recent Delhi gang-rape case.

Mr. Hegde said that it was the youth who could bring about a change.

Chairman of the College Vasanth Horatti presided over the programme.

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