Wednesday, December 19, 2012

CPI (M) Delhi State Committee condemns the barbarous rape of a young woman

CPIM Delhi State Committee Press Release  

The CPI (M), Delhi State Committee condemns in the strongest possible terms the barbarous rape of a young woman in a moving bus in Delhi on Sunday night. This heinous incident once again highlights the sad fact that Delhi has indeed become the rape capital of India. This alarming situation is the result of gross negligence of the Central and State Governments and law enforcement agencies towards safety of women and girls. Low rates of conviction and delays in filing complaints and investigations are common in most cases of rape in Delhi. Law enforcement agencies responsible dealing with such crimes are not made accountable for their entirely callous, often complicit behaviour. Political protection and social sanction to those responsible for different crimes against women have made matters worse. The CPI (M) demands: • Setting up fast track courts in rape and all other cases of violence against women. • Time bound plan by govts to deal with pending cases of crimes against women. • Preventive measures by Central & State govts to stem increase in crimes vs women. • Punishment of police officials guilty of delaying filing FIRs in cases of sexual crimes. • Punishment for those providing political and social protection to the accused. • Speedy passage of the Bill for the Prevention of Sexual Assault in the Workplace. However, laws alone will not be enough to curb sexual crimes against women. Simultaneously there is an urgent need to combat the retrograde and anti-women values that dominate society. The CPI (M) calls upon the people to raise their voice against the horrendous sexual crimes being perpetrated against women and children in Delhi. This is essential for forcing the callous Central and State Govts to take effective measures ensuring the safety of women and children as well as for sensitizing society towards the need to resolutely combat the deluge of dreadful sexual crimes with which Delhi is beset. (P.M.S. Grewal) Secretary

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