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Pratima for stringent laws to deal with rape accused

Panaji: The president of Goa Mahila Congress Committee Pratima Coutinho has demanded stringent laws to deal with rape cases and other crime against women.

Addressing the media, Coutinho said that Sharia law can act as a deterrent and curb rape cases in the country and instill fear amongst the perpetrators of crime against women. She made the comment in the wake of brutal gangrape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Telangana.

Coutinho stated that such criminals (rapists) should be given capital punishment and no advocate should defend accused in such cases.

She said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks about ‘Beti Padhao and Beti Bachao’ campaign, while girls are still being harassed, raped and murdered.

“We also condemn the delay on the part of police in registering the case,” she said.

“Criminal-minded people head towards Goa as tourists, commit crime and disappear. Hence, the government should initiate some measures to increase security and arrest such criminals,” she added.

She said that Goa too is facing law and order problem and, hence, security in public places like bus stands and educational institutions should be beefed up.

She said mahila Congress will burn copies of a state-based magazine if it was not withdrawn from the stands as it has glorified the Union Minister Prakash Javadekar who, she claimed, has played politics over the Mhadei issue.

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