In the wake of an incident in Nagaland where a man accused of rape was lynched by an angry mob, the Shiv Sena on Monday demanded formulation of a stringent law, under which those found guilty of rape would be hanged within a month of committing the crime.
"The way justice was meted out to the rape accused in Nagaland, should happen in Maharashtra as well. Cases relating to rape carry on for years, with the accused getting no punishment for his crime," Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam told reporters in Mumbai.
"What is necessary is immediate decisions to give justice to the rape victims. I will meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and demand the formulation of a law, which will fast track the rape related cases and the accused, if proven guilty is hanged within a month of committing the crime," he added.
Kadam said that awarding death penalty is the only way to ensure that crime against women is curbed in the state.
The Shiv Sena has justified the lynching of the rape accused in Dimapur, stating that the mob fury reflects people's anger towards sexual crimes against women.
"Our judicial system works at a snail's pace when it comes to rape cases. However strong the case may be, we can never be sure if the rapist will be hanged. And if the accused is a minor, he is sent to a remand home where in the name of humanity, all kinds of facilities are provided to him," the Sena had said in its editorial mouthpiece 'Saamana.'
"The people of Nagaland have long been protesting the illegal migration from Bangladesh. But their protests were ignored. In the middle of this unrest came up this rape incident...This incident made people lose their patience...it is only a result of people's anger against increasing sexual crimes," the Sena had said.
Syed Farid Khan, owner of a motorparts shop in Dimapur was arrested on suspicion of raping a woman on February 24 and remanded to judicial custody in the Dimapur Central Jail the next day.
On March 5, a mob broke into the jail, dragged him out, stripped him naked, beat him up, pelted him with stones and dragged him towards the centre of Dimapur town, seven kilometres away. He died from his injuries on the way after which the mob displayed his body from a clock tower.