Break hands, limbs of rapists: Athavale

Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athavale said Thursday if the government could not hang rapists, it should break their hands and limbs.

Athavale told the media here such punishments were common in the times of Shivaji. He said breaking hands and limbs could attract human rights protests, but it was time to take tough steps to prevent crime against women.

The RPI leader alleged when Dalit women get raped no candle-light processionists come out. He said there was no let-up in atrocities against Dalits in Maharashtra.

"I have discussed the issue with home minister R R Patil," he said, demanding creation of special forces to protect Dalits and tribals.

Athavale strongly pitched for creation of a separate Vidarbha state and said his party would take a procession to Parliament on March 13 to press the demand.

He discounted the possibility of Uddhav and Raj Thackeray coming together. "Raj isn't likely to respond to Uddhav's offer," he said, adding, "We will see if we can be part of a Sena-MNS-BJP alliance."

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