Dehradun: Asking parents to draw lessons from the rape and murder of a minor in Haldwani, a senior Uttarakhand minister on Thursday appealed to them to keep an eye on their minor children if they take them to wedding ceremonies.
"The police cannot be everywhere all the time to provide security to your children. The marriage season is on these days and wedding parties usually go on till late in the night.
"You must keep an eye on your children if you take them to such ceremonies," state Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh said in a statement.
The body of a seven-year-old girl, who had gone missing from a marriage ceremony in Haldwani town of Nainital district, was recovered from a forest on the outskirts of the town six days later triggering a wave of protests in different parts of Uttarakhand.
Hridyesh, who represents Haldwani in the state assembly, also asked people not to stay on at such parties with children for too long.
She also asked police chiefs and district magistrates to step up security around marriage venues with installation of CCTV cameras to track suspicious movements and activities.
Assuring people that justice will be done in Haldwani rape and murder case, she said the culprits have been put behind the bars and will be tried in a fast-track court.