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HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014

Conviction has to be swifter, in three months not 20 years: Aamir Khan

Navdeep Kaur Marwah, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 07, 2014
First Published: 11:12 IST(7/6/2014) | Last Updated: 11:59 IST(7/6/2014)
The shocking gang-rape and murder of two teenaged girls in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, has once again brought the issue of women’s safety to the forefront. One of those deeply affected by these events, is Bollywood star Aamir Khan, who feels that the issue needs to be addressed immediately.

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"Women’s safety is a huge issue. The conviction has to be certain and swifter, that’s the only way forward. We need to realise that we can’t be stationing policemen and security personnel everywhere, as that will be indicative of an unsafe society. We have to strive for a society where everyone feels safe to walk on the road, even in middle of the night. Sadly, there is a lot that needs to be done before we get there," says Aamir.

The actor goes on to emphasise the need to instil the fear of the law in the hearts of criminals.

"We need to tell the culprits that they will not be able to escape after committing a crime; that they will certainly be behind bars. We have to make sure that the conviction of culprits happens not 20 years later, but in three months at the most," says the 49-year-old.
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