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Under fire, Mayawati seeks tougher rape laws

first_imgFacing a barrage of criticism for the recent spurt in crime against women in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Mayawati has recommended strict action against those accused of rape, including denying bail till the charges are proved wrong. Her government has amended the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and forwarded it to governor B.L. Joshi for approval.”Committed to curb such unfortunate crimes against women, my government has decided to expedite the criminal justice system and ensure a rape case is disposed of within six months,” Mayawati said on Tuesday.”We have also decided to ensure that a rape accused does not get bail till the charges are proved wrong. It (rape) will also be made a non- bailable offence. For this we have introduced necessary amendments to sections 354 (attempt to outrage the modesty of women), 437 and 439 ( related to provision of bail to rape accused) of the CrPC and forwarded it to the governor,” she added.The BSP supremo admitted the district and police administration have failed to perform their duties properly and this has resulted in increase in incidents of rape and murder of women. She, however, urged the Opposition, NGOs and citizens to be on their guard and identify people with criminal mindset in their areas.”I have convened a meeting of senior members of the administration and the police on June 27 . I will ask them to make a list of criminals. This will help us in checking such crimes in the future. The BSP will also address this issue,” Mayawati said.advertisementThe CM issued a warning to all senior officers in the state, including chief secretary Anup Kumar Mishra, to take such cases seriously, and said the only solution was to tighten the noose around the criminals.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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