India has police, tough laws to protect women, says Union minister Smriti Irani
The Union minister Smriti Irani was replying to a question about the #MeToo movement at a program organised by the BJP to mark birth centenary of its stalwart Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia.Updated: Oct 13, 2018 07:53 IST
Amid the ongoing #MeToo campaign, Union minister Smriti Irani said in Indore on Friday that the country has very strict laws in place to protect women, who can approach the police and the courts to get justice.
“For protection of women, there are police machinery and very stringent laws in our country. If a woman wants legal protection, she can approach the nearest police station. She can also knock on the doors of the courts to get justice,” Irani said.
The Union textile minister was replying to a question about the #MeToo movement at a program organised by the BJP to mark birth centenary of its stalwart Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia.
In Indore, Irani also said that the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a historic decision to enact a law providing for the death penalty to those found guilty of raping minor girls.
She also said that rape victims should get all possible help so that they can lead a normal life.
“If we look at the genesis of (sexual) crimes, they start with eve-teasing and lead to more heinous crimes,” the Union minister said.
“Family members or social workers should inform local police and public representatives immediately if they come to know about instances of eve-teasing in the area,” she said.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)
First Published: Oct 13, 2018 07:53 IST