WILL BRING AMEND­MENTS TO IPC, CRPC IN AS­SEM­BLY: CM

Assures DCW chief Swati Jai Hind, who en­tered third day of her hunger strike

Millennium Post - - FRONT PAGE - SAYANATN GHOSH

NEW DELHI: Delhi As­sem­bly will in­tro­duce amend­ments to the In­dian Pe­nal Code and Code of Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure acts for the pro­vi­sion of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment for rapists of mi­nors and com­ple­tion of tri­als within six months, as­serted Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal af­ter meet­ing DCW chair­per­son Swati Jai Hind here on Sun­day.

The Delhi Com­mis­sion of Woman (DCW) chief en­tered the third day of her in­def­i­nite hunger strike here at Ra­jghat, de­mand­ing amend­ment in the ex­ist­ing laws to pro­vide the strictest of pun­ish­ment to rapist of mi­nors.

In the wake of Kathua and Un­nao rape in­ci­dents, the Chief Min­is­ter on Sun­day joined the voices de­mand­ing a sys­tem that would en­sure safety of women in the coun­try.

In a so­cial me­dia post, Ke­jri­wal said, “As the Chief Min­is­ter, I am wor­ried about the safety of women in Delhi. As an In­dian, I am wor­ried about the safety of women in my coun­try. I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in this protest to­day to de­mand a sys­tem, which en­sures their safety.”

Laud­ing Jai Hind’s ef­forts, he said, “It is not ‘her’ cause. She is fight­ing for the safety of women in my fam­ily and your fam­ily. I am go­ing there to par­tic­i­pate, not to ‘of­fer sup­port for her cause’. You should also take a day’s off from your work and par­tic­i­pate. Ev­ery­one should par­tic­i­pate.”

The CM also said that his gov­ern­ment has asked the Delhi High Court about how many fast-track courts can be es­tab­lished and what are the funds, judges and in­fra­struc­ture re­quired. “We will im­me­di­ately pro­vide the funds and do ev­ery­thing for women safety,” he stated.

Jai Hind, mean­while, thanked the CM for his sup­port to women’s safety and said that when­ever she rec­om­mended any changes in the sys­tem, the CM al­ways sup­ports them.

“To­day, I am think­ing that Delhi would have been bet­ter if it were a full state and ser­vices also should have been with the Delhi gov­ern­ment,” she said.

She also at­tacked Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, say­ing that she does not ex­cept just speeches on so­cial val­ues from him, but also real ac­tion and con­crete steps to en­sure women safety.

Jai Hind had launched the protest at Ra­jghat on Fri­day, in the wake of the hor­rific rapes in Ut­tar Pradesh’s Un­nao and Jammu and Kash­mir’s Kathua dis­tricts.

In a let­ter to the PM on Thurs­day, she said: “I will not break my fast un­til the Prime Min­is­ter does not prom­ise the coun­try a bet­ter sys­tem for the safety of our daugh­ters.”

Mean­while, Jai Hind said that Delhi Po­lice had asked her to leave the place and even brought a fake report of her health, even as Delhi Po­lice de­nied the al­le­ga­tion.

PIC/NAVEEN SHARMA

Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal along­side DCW chair­per­son Swati Jai Hind at Ra­jghat here on Sun­day

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