Death for rap­ing mi­nors, NC pres­i­dent seeks bill


LEND­ING sup­port to chief min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti’s tweet, “We will never ever let an­other child suf­fer in this way. We will bring a new law that will make the death penalty manda­tory for those who rape mi­nors”, J&K Op­po­si­tion Na­tional Con­fer­ence (NC) pres­i­dent Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah has de­manded a spe­cial ses­sion of Jammu and Kash­mir Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly to bring in a bill to award cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment to those who rape mi­nors.

“Cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment must be brought in for such cases. She (Kathua rape vic­tim) is just like my daugh­ter. Thank God, to­day the na­tion has wo­ken up and they have taken it very se­ri­ously. I hope jus­tice will be done and we will bring a bill in the As­sem­bly ses­sion wherein (if) any such in­ci­dent takes place, the hang­ing must be brought in,” Ab­dul­lah said. He was speak­ing to re­porters af­ter chair­ing a meet­ing of NC’s pro­vin­cial com­mit­tee for Kash­mir at the party head­quar­ters in Nawa-e-Subha. “Let the gov­ern­ment call a spe­cial ses­sion of the As­sem­bly just for this thing. When the spe­cial ses­sion of the As­sem­bly is called and this bill is passed, it will be a great thing for the fu­ture such crimes will not take place,” Ab­dul­lah said.

He said the in­ci­dent was a re­sult of pol­i­tics in­volv­ing the ha­rass­ment, in­tim­i­da­tion and dis­em­pow­er­ment of the no­madic Gu­j­jar-Bak­er­wal com­mu­ni­ties. “Min­is­ters of this gov­ern­ment openly threat­ened the Gu­j­jar-Bak­er­wal com­mu­nity of dire reper­cus­sions and one such min­is­ter went to the ex­tent of re­mind­ing them of the hor­rors of the 1947 mas­sacre,” said Ab­dul­lah. “The Gu­j­jar-Bak­er­wal com­mu­ni­ties have been hounded, tar­geted and in­tim­i­dated for nearly three years now while the PDP has re­mained a mute spec­ta­tor. Had the PDP ob­jected to this ha­rass­ment and in­tim­i­da­tion, per­haps things would not have come to this tragic pass,” he said.

A silent dharna in Ahmedabad on Sun­day

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