| Bharat Suraksha Dal members at the rally on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Dec. 28: The Bharat Suraksha Dal, an NGO, echoed the demand made by several local women’s organisations before it for awarding capital punishment to rapists at a rally staged here today.
Members of the organisation also demanded that the Union government should formulate more stringent laws against molestation and sexual assault of any manner and introduce fast track and specialised courts to try the guilty in cases of rape and other crimes against women.
Over 30 members of Bharat Suraksha Dal participated in the rally that began at the Tarini Choudhary Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School on the B. Booroah Road and concluded in front of the DC Court at Kachari, where the participants submitted a memorandum addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee through the Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner.
The rally was organised in protest against the recent gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi.
“We vehemently condemn the gang rape of the woman in New Delhi and demand capital punishment for those committing rape. She was injured to such an extent that she had been battling for her life since the past few days. Stringent laws should be in place to punish the guilty for rape, molestation and other crimes against women that take place across the country to deter others from repeating such crimes in the future. In fact, the city accounts for 5.3 per cent of the total crimes against women among 53 cities in the country,” Bharat Suraksha Dal president Satyajit Boruah said.
Other demands of the protesters included speedy registration of FIRs by the police in any case of crime against women, speedy trial and conviction, introduction of compulsory courses on gender equality in the training module of the police force and recruitment of more women in the police force to deal with such cases.
They also demanded that the state government should introduce women constable-escorted public vehicles for women in all major cities in a manner so that these vehicles can be accessed by a telephonic request on a definite number.
“It is essential that the police force is sensitised in order to handle cases of sexual harassment, keeping in mind the sensitivity of the case and the trauma of the victim. Since most of the guilty go scot-free, the government should introduce fast-track courts for their speedy trial and conviction. State-level laws should be enacted to curb all sorts of crimes against women. Medical facilities and psychological counselling should be made available to such victims to ensure their physical and mental well being,” Suraj P. Singh, general secretary of the organisation, said.
“We have addressed a memorandum to the President stating our demands relating to safety of women and submitted it to the deputy commissioner. We want our demand of capital punishment for rapists to be fulfilled at the earliest,” Singh said.