After eight women were raped in UP in the last 48 hours, chief minister Mayawati on Tuesday announced tougher laws to deal with the crime.
Her government has decided to initiate amendments in the CrPC and IPC to ensure rape trials are completed within six months and that rape is made a non-bailable offence. The recommendations have been forwarded to the governor.
But even as the CM spelt out her tough stand, a 17-year-old rape victim in Baghpat district committed suicide on Tuesday.
“Characterless people will run for their lives under the BSP,” Mayawati said. “They will face such stringent action that no one will dare repeat such acts.”
Admitting the police and administration had been negligent in some cases, she called a meeting on June 27. She also said police stations will run a month-long campaign to reform ‘characterless’ people.
Accusing the other parties of politicising the issue, the CM quoted from the National Crime Records Bureau to point out that UP fares better than states ruled by the Congress or BJP. She also said crimes against women came down after the BSP ousted the Samajwadi Party.