Declare Bengal rape-prone state: BJP

The state BJP has written to the governor suggesting that West Bengal be declared a rape-prone state.

"West Bengal is number one in the country in terms of crime against women and 16th in terms of bringing offenders to book. Together, this sends a very wrong message to criminals. The way ministers are trying to dilute the seriousness of the criminal activities is even more dangerous. So if the state is declared rape-prone, the government and police authorities might be prodded into doing something about it," said state BJP president Rahul Sinha. Referring to the recent remarks made by Trinamool Congress leaders like Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Sonali Guha and Firhad Hakim, Sinha said, "Since the chief minister has taken everything in her hands, these ministers have no work to do and so they make these mindless comments."

SUCI leaders protest outside Raj Bhavan

Kolkata: SUCI leaders led by MLA of SUCI Tarun Naskar on Monday protested outside Raj Bhawan against the death of the Delhi gangrape victim, who died on Saturday at a Singapore hospital. About 31 people were arrested for creating a ruckus outside Raj Bhavan by organising the rally.

Section 354 should be non-bailable: WBHRC

Kolkata: The West Bengal Human Rights Commission has suggested that the state government make Section 354 of the IPC non-bailable to effectively deal with crime against women. "We have suggested to the state government to make Sec 354 (intent to outrage the modesty of a woman) non-bailable," chairman of WBHRC Justice (retd) Ashok Ganguly said on Monday. He said although it was a central legislation, the state could bring an amendment to make it non-bailable. States like Odisha and Andhra had already done so, he pointed out. In West Bengal any arrest made under the section is a bailable crime.

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