The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has prepared bands of men who are “rapist rakshaks”, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat alleged on Saturday.
Reacting to the Union Cabinet approving an ordinance on the death penalty for those convicted of raping children, she said it was an attempt to divert the attention from the government protecting the rapists of the eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua.
“We have heard about gau rakshaks and criminal activities which they indulged in. Today BJP is preparing and has prepared bands of men who are rapist rakshaks,” she said and demanded that penalty should be there for those protecting the rapists.
In principle, CPM is against death penalty. The death penalty is already there in rarest of rare cases… There should be a penalty against 'rapist rakhsaks': CPI(M)'s Brinda Karat on the ordinance to amend #POCSOAct (ANI) pic.twitter.com/X1ZxkImohn
— NDTV (@ndtv) April 21, 2018
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of ongoing 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), she pointed out that the statute books already provide death penalty for rarest of rare cases.
Karat said the ordinance was an attempt to divert attention from the grievous nature of assault on the basic judicial processes.
In the wake of an increase in incidents of rape of minors, the Union Cabinet on Saturday approved a number of measures to strengthen the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against commission of rape, thereby instilling a sense of security among women and especially young girls in the country.
Taking cognisance of the recent incidents of rape in various parts of the country, the cabinet approved an ordinance to be promulgated to provide for stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years, and death penalty to be awarded to rapists of girls below 12 years of age.
The minimum punishment in case of rape of women has been increased from rigorous imprisonment of 7 to 10 years, extendable to life imprisonment.
In public debate fake feminist Ms #Bindra_Karat looks more concern about the Rape of girls but today why she oppose the ordinance related to #DeathForChildRapists ?
Why she trying to become the custodian of Rapist ?@bhuwala @Rajshrip0706891 @Acutereply https://t.co/7S8ZoFovl6
— Vivek 'मनोहर' Rai 🇮🇳 (@shivuvivek) April 22, 2018
really left needs it check what Bindra Karat said on death penalty on child rapists.. Hypocrisy at its best…
— Amarendra Pattanaik (@amar_pattanaik) April 22, 2018
CPM leader Brinda Karat said that There should be a Death Penalty against 'Rapist Supporter'. Ok let's start this from recent news of Kerala where 4 year old girl molested by her neighbor. CPM leader forced Mother of Victim Girl to withdraw complaint & offered Rs 2000 to stay mum
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) April 21, 2018
A quick image search of Brinda Karat showed abt 100 pics of her in exclusive hand-woven sarees without repeating a single piece. As a sarista, admire her taste, but didn't know that beneath d poverty-loving communist exterior, Ms. Karat is a saree hoarding capitalist like me!
— Shefali Vaidya. (@ShefVaidya) April 22, 2018
Replying to a query, she said that while CPI-M doesn’t see incidents of rapes and sexual assault in terms of religion of the victims, in case of Kathua, the fact is that the victim was selected because of her religion.