The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has urged the Congress-led UPA Government not to grant mercy to those accused in rape and murder cases.
The panel has also demanded that the mercy petitions in such cases be disposed of within three months and the reasons for clemency by the President should be made public.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, which is headed by senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu, has called upon the government to stop the vulgar portrayal of women in pictures and entertainment programmes to safeguard moral and ethical values in the society.
The panel, which has felt that school curriculum should include values to encourage children to respect all human beings, especially the women and the poor, has also urged the Centre to make ragging a cognizable offence under the criminal law.
The panel has impressed upon the Home Ministry to ask the concerned state governments to set up women cells in all police stations across the country to enable them have easy access to lodge complaints against the perpetrators of sexual violence. It has felt that registration of FIRs should be made mandatory. (ANI)