CM for exemplary punishment for Delhi gangrape accused

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday urged the Centre to ensure exemplary punishment for the accused in the recent Delhi gangrape case in order to curn such heinous crimes in the future.

Speaking to mediapersons here before laying the foundation of Gau Shala and Hanuman Mandir, Badal said: "Those the indulging in such inhuman activities should not be spared and the Centre must ensure that severest of severe punishment is given to them. It was the high time that the Centre takes necessary action and come up with stringent laws by declaring eve teasing as a non-bailable offence."

Advocating more stringent laws to curb crime against women, especially that of eve-teasing, he added that the state government has already started the process of exploring the possibility of making amendments in laws to check such crimes, besides initiating steps to set up special fast track courts to deal with such cases.

Coming down heavily on the state Congress leadership for creating ruckus in the recently concluded Assembly session, Badal claimed that on the very onset of the session, he had apprehended that the Congress would not listen to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's reply regarding law and order situation in the state and funds utilization in Lambi. He added that he, along with Speaker Charanjeet Singh Atwal, had tried their best to persuade the Congress to attend the session, but of no avail.

Meanwhile, Badal announced that the Abohar-Dabwali road will be named after religious leader Guru Jambeshwar — the Guru of the Bishnoi community. He also announced a grant of Rs 21 lakh for the construction of gau shalas.

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