Representatives of various women and child rights organisations have appealed to the political parties to impose a ban on the cadre who were facing sexual assault charges.
Participating in a seminar on ‘Sexual Assault Free India,’ organised by Kailash Satyarthi Childrens Foundation, Child Rights Advocacy Foundation (CRAF), World Vision India, Navajeevan Bala Bhavan, Pro Child Group and other organisations, the speakers appealed to the political parties to prepare a plan for making sexual assault free country, by 2022.
The participants urged the public representatives to mention about sexual harassment and assault on women in their election manifestos, raise the issue in Parliament and prevent crime against children.
APCC secretary Gangadhar said that separate investigation agencies need to be set up to probe the cases related to crime against women, and more funds should be allocated for women and child development.
Former MLA K. Subba Raju, while expressing concern over the increasing crime against women and children, alleged that some political parties are neglecting the issue, which was showing impact on society.
YSR Congress Party leader Anand Rao said the party would give priority to women and child protection and worried over the raise in sexual assault cases against children.
Management consultant, M.C. Das, who anchored the programme, urged the political leaders to extend support to the NGOs to put an end to crime against children and women.
CRAF chairman Fr. Koshy, Kailash Satyarthi representative Om Prakash and Bezawada Bar Association president P. Lakshmikanth opined that laws meant to provide protection for children and women should be implemented in letter and spirit and stern action should be taken against those involved in sexual harassment and assault cases.