Working on strict law on sexual assaults: Omar


Srinagar, Jan 5: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said the government is working to frame a strict law that will have a stern punishment for sexual assault on women.
“I have directed the Law Minister to frame a strict law against sexual assaults on women. I believe Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) is also being reviewed. There has to be a strict law with a stern punishment for an offender who assaults a woman,” Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a function at TRC here.
To a query why government was late in providing financial support for the treatment of the acid attack victim, the Chief Minister said: “We are not in a race as providing financial support is not any kind of race. We will do whatever is possible.”
“There is a need for men to change their mindset. The process should start from home. We need to give respect to our women, otherwise laws alone won’t do,” he said.
When asked about reportedly provocative slogans in the PDP rally today, the Chief Minister said, “I think PDP needs Azadi from the present government. When PDP celebrated their birthday, they unfurled the flags of both India and Pakistan. I don’t know what their ideology is.”
On the killings of Panchs, the Chief Minister said the government has tried its best to restore the sense of security among Sarpanchs and Panchs. “Unfortunately, three elected representatives lost their lives. Police was quick to take necessary action. We found militancy was not the cause. There was some personal rivalry. We will do whatever possible to make Sarpanchs and Panchs feel secure,” Omar said.

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Lastupdate on : Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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