Members of the Mysore City Mahila Congress Committee and the local unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged separate demonstrations outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Friday, demanding the government to ensure safety of women in the State.

Congress members, led by president of the unit Meena Tugudeepa Srinivas alleged that the State government was callous when it came to curbing rape cases and listed out recent cases reported in different parts of Karnataka.

They later submitted a memorandum to the district administration.

CPI(M) members said no compromise should be made with regard to safety of women. They said rape convicts should be sentenced to life term. Fast-track courts should be established to dispose of rape cases speedily, the members demanded.

Producing a list of demands, they said rape should be a non-bailable crime and such cases should be disposed of in three months. There should be a provision in law to punish police officers, doctors and government officials who do not act in time to book or deal with rape cases.

The government must come up with financial assistance and rehabilitation package for rape victims, they said.

They also urged the government to introduce sex education in schools and initiate steps to prevent portrayal of women in poor light in advertisements.