Make law for death penalty to child rapists

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/16/2018 2:22:16 PM

SRINAGAR, Apr 15: National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah today urged chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to go for a special session of state legislature to make a law for death penalty to child rapists.
He was talking to media persons after a party meeting here. “Chief minister must go immediately for a special session of state legislature for making a law for death penalty to child rapists. We as an opposition will support this move.”
Dr Abdullah added that making such a law is the need of the hour in view of the incidents.
“Asifa was an eight year old girl. She is just like my daughter…Thank God! Today, the nation has woken up. And they have taken it very seriously. I hope justice will be done,” said Dr Abdullah.
NC president said that Mehbooba should call a special assembly session to bring a bill in assembly which will be passed by the members so that these crimes are not repeated in future. “…hanging must be brought in. The capital punishment has to be brought to those people,” he said.
“Why she should not do it now? Let her government take a decision on this and call a special session of the assembly just for this sake. And in a special session of assembly is called, this bill will be passed. In the future such crimes will not take place,” he said.
NC president stated that if the special session is not convened, his party will bring a bill in the next legislature session for capital punishment to child rapists.
Earlier, while addressing a party meeting, Dr Abdullah expressed anguish, grief and pain at the heart-rending and gruesome tragedy in Kathua. He said his heart goes out to the victim’s family and sought the strictest, most exemplary punishment for the culprits.
He said the party demands a special legislative session so that it could, as announced earlier, propose a bill mandating the death penalty for such heinous crimes against children.
He added that the gruesome rape and murder of an eight year old child in Rasana, Kathua was not an isolated, spontaneous crime but the manifestation of a deeply repugnant and repressive politics that hinges on the harassment, intimidation and disempowerment of the nomadic Gujjar-Bakerwal communities.
“The hardworking, peaceful and harmonious Gujjar Bakerwal communities have been at the receiving end of threats and intimidation ever since the present political dispensation came to power. Ministers of this Government openly threatened the Gujjar Bakerwal community of dire repercussions and one such minister went to the extent of reminding them of the horrors of the 1947 massacre. The Gujjar Bakerwal communities have been hounded, targeted and intimidated for nearly three years now while PDP has remained a mute spectator. Had the PDP objected to this harassment and intimidation, perhaps things would not have come to this tragic pass,” he said.
NC president said the chief minister’s silence over repeated attempts to harass and threaten the Gujjar Bakerwal communities emboldened these elements and the consequences are here for all of us to see.
“The PDP-BJP Alliance has left no stone unturned to divide the people of the State along regional and religious lines to seek their own specific political dividends. While the BJP continues to pit the people of Jammu against their brothers and sisters in Kashmir as a deeply divisive and dangerous political strategy, the PDP in Kashmir sought votes against the BJP before aligning with it post elections - eroding the sanctity of its mandate and pushing our youth towards turmoil and disenchantment. The ramifications of this opportunism – of this brazen sellout have been disastrous. Today the fault lines between various regions of our State have become deeper than they ever where as shrill, polarising rhetoric has changed the narrative into an ‘us versus them’ debate in respective regions of the State. This is a very dangerous trend and the slide needs to be checked immediately before it’s too late and the situation becomes irretrievable,” Dr Abdullah said in the meeting.
The National Conference president expressed serious concern over the deteriorating law and order scenario in the State and said the unabated spate of civilian killings was pushing the youth towards a path of unimaginable anger and hostility. “We are deeply concerned at the spate of unabated civilian killings in the Valley and at the government’s shocking abdication of responsibility to prevent these killings. The state government cannot blame the dead for dying. The chief minister should introspect and listen to some rare calls of conscience in her own party – including that of her brother, Tassaduq Mufti who recently said the PDP and the BJP were ‘partners in crime,” Dr Abdullah said.

 

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