Centre can intervene in Bhatta Parsaul: Tirath

Last Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 22:10

New Delhi: The Centre can intervene in
Bhatta Parsaul rape case, which is being investigated by UP
CB-CID, if the government finds it necessary, Woman and Child
Development Minister Krishna Tirath said on Friday.
"The probe is state government`s responsibility, but if
we find loopholes, then the centre would intervene, I will
intervene myself," said Tirath, adding National Commission for
Women has filed it report which confirms rape incidents.

An FIR has been filed against 16 Provincial Armed
Constabulary personnel, accused of raping women in Bhatta
Parsaul villages during anti-land acquisition agitation by
farmers in May.

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay
Singh had visited the villages and raised the issue but
Mayawati government had then rejected the charge.

When asked about government "showing leniency" towards
such issues in Congress-ruled states, Tirath said she herself
had asked for a probe in nurse Bhanwari Devi`s murder case in
Rajsthan.
"When Bhanwari Devi case came to light, I wrote a letter
to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot saying that this is
wrong and soon this should be probed," she said.

"We are neutral. No matter which state the case is from,
I believe if we are sitting at the Centre, then all the states
are our responsibility. In Bhanwari`s case, the judiciary is
doing its work, police investigations are on, the culprit will
definitely be nabbed," she told agency.

Tirath termed Mayawati`s proposal to divide UP into four
separate states as a `political stunt` and also questioned her
intention of raising the issue just before the assembly
polls.

On the issue of rising crime against women, Tirath said
the government is mulling a proposal on stringent punishment
including death penalty for rape convicts as a deterrent.

"Some NGOs have demanded capital punishment for rapists.
We are debating over the issue with the NGOs, and are likely
to reach consensus," she said.

She said that the government believes that the law should
be effective and strong so as to set an example for future
offenders.

Referring to increase crime rate against women in Delhi
and Uttar Pradesh, she said "We have to make women and
suspected offenders aware of the crimes, its judicial
ramification and also the offenders should be socially
boycotted".

On the possibility of passing the Women`s Reservation
Bill in the upcoming winter session in the Parliament, she
said, "Congress is in support of bringing the Women`s
Reservation Bill. It has been passed in the Rajya Sabha
and the bill is in Lok Sabha, now. I believe that there should
be a strong and effective legislation."

Tirath expressed concerns on the recent child deaths in
West Bengal. She said the Centre has formed GoM to tackle
such cases including deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 22:10

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