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'Need stringent law against rapists'

punjab Updated: Dec 21, 2012 18:55 IST
Gurpreet Singh Mehak

Expressing anguish over the gang-rape of 23-year-old woman in New Delhi on Sunday, the Dal Khalsa termed it as a reflection of degradation that has crept into the Indian society.

In a statement released to the media, the party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh and general secretary Manjinder Singh said there was no doubt that it was a most ghastly act, something beyond imagination.

Stressing the need to add stringent measures in the existing law, the organisation suggested life imprisonment till death without parole for rape accused and emphasised on bringing security forces under its purview.

They said the brutality with which the girl was raped has not only shocked but shaken every sensible person. They blamed the silence of the society in the past as major reason for recurrence of such shameful incidents.

"Since this time, the civil society has vented their anger and deep pain; let us not allow it to go in vain".

Expressing sympathy with the victim and her parents, they said apart from strict legislation, changing the sick mentality of our male-dominated society has become the need of the hour.

Joining a debate about the quantum of punishment for the accused in rape case, they expressed reservations on voices demanding death penalty. "Death penalty is not a deterrent to any crime".

However, they suggested that it should be life imprisonment till death without parole.

They said the stringent law against rapists was necessary because it was the same sick and brutal mindset of the society that was reflected when frenzied mob dishonoured sikh women during the 1984 riots.

They regretted that the state in order to humiliate the collective consciousness of the dissenting peoples and nations, allowed countries security forces that enjoys impunity, to use rape as a 'tool' against the ethnic minorities and struggling peoples in Kashmir, Punjab, Assam, Nagaland and also against tribals and pro-naxal sympathisers.

They also pointed out that there should not be any impunity to security forces or mobs that indulges in violence against women including rapes.