Government urged to initiate measures to curb them

G.N. Nagaraj, State secretariat member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), while expressing concern over the rising incidence of atrocities on women, including rape, across the State, urged the Home Department to set up a task force in the Police Department to accelerate the process of investigation of such cases and bringing the guilty to book. He demanded that fast-track courts, meant exclusively to deal with cases pertaining to atrocities on women, be set up.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Nagarj said that although several cases of atrocities on women, including the rape of a mentally challenged girl, had been reported in the State, it was unfortunate that cases were not being registered properly and no proper investigation was being carried out.

“To ensure that the guilty get punished, the Home Department should form a task force to deal with such cases and accelerate the process of investigation. In addition, Fast track courts should be set up to deal with such cases,” he said.

Mr. Nagaraj took exception to the reported statement of Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh that instances of rape were restricted to urban India and not Bharat or rural India, and said that women in rural areas were living in a suffocating atmosphere and facing atrocities daily.

Protest

Mr. Nagaraj said that the CPI(M) would be staging a protest all over the State on January 11 and urge the government to initiate steps to curb atrocities on women. The CPI (M) had urged the government to ban ‘pankti bheda’ and ‘made snana’ prevalent in temples and religious institutions in the State to put an end to caste system.

The party would organise district-level conventions, along with like-minded progressive organisations, to create an awareness among the people about the need to ban such practices, Mr. Nagaraj said.

A signature campaign would be launched to prevail upon the Union government to extend food security to all citizens by arranging to supply foodgrains through public distribution system, which would help check the rising prices of essential commodities, he said.


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