Hazare slams Centre for not enacting strict law, thwarting Delhi protests
- Elections 2014 Live: Sonia Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal cast their votes in third phase of LS polls
- Modi tukde tukde kar dega... ladaa dega, says Rahul
- Congress not aggressive enough, says Sharad Pawar
- NSCN (IM) takes over Manipur booths, loads EVMs with votes
- Two CRPF jawans killed in Bihar before start of polling
In an open letter to the Prime Minister in his blog on Monday, Anna Hazare accused Manmohan Singh of choking democracy by enforcing Section 144 to thwart a peaceful public movement. He said that had strict laws with provisions for punishments like death penalty or life sentence been enacted, such heinous crimes against women would not have been perpetrated and therefore, the government, which could not get such laws passed in 65 years, is equally to blame.
"It is being reported that six people are guilty of that shameful gangrape. Had there been laws that made such an offence punishable by death or life sentence, then they would not have dared to commit the crime. Doesn't the government feel so? I feel that the guilty should be given the maximum punishment but a government that could not make such laws in the last 65 years is equally to blame," Hazare wrote in the blog.
He demanded that to prevent recurrence of such crimes, the government should enact the women's reservation law.
He said public anger was justified and the outpouring of anger on the streets in a non-violent manner, especially by the youth, was a harbinger of change.
The appeal to protesters to maintain calm came as a postscript.
- Neemu Bhoumik seeks LS entry; people’s issues, Raiganj roots in mind
- Another Bittu, Simerjit file papers as Independents
- Firing at district food and civil supplies office, one injured
- Day after stand-off with EC, Didi vows ‘revenge’ over ‘insult’ by Delhi
- ‘Hate’ speech: Amit Shah moves HC for stay on arrest, quashing of FIRs
- Adarsh Shastri ‘covers’ for AAP’s Jaaferi