Karnataka govt wants rapists to be booked under Goondas Act

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 19:18 hrs

Bangalore: The Karnataka Government is mulling to amend laws to ensure that rapists do not get bail and police have been directed to book them under Goondas Act and take steps to prevent atrocities, including rape, against women, chief minister Jagadish Shettar said today.

Outlining measures being initiated by the government for women's safety against the backdrop of the Delhi gang rape incident, Mr Shettar said police have also been directed to deal sternly with rapists.

He was speaking after inaugurating a meeting of elected women panchayat members of BJP, organised by the party Women's Morcha in Bangalore.

Minister for Energy Shobha Karandlaje also called on Mr Shettar and urged him to take steps to check atrocities against women.

The lone woman minister in the BJP government discussed the recent incident of a young housewife being lured in Chikkaballapur by some persons, who not only raped her, but also sold her to a brothel in Delhi.

Ms Karandlaje, who had earlier written a letter to Mr Shettar seeking more steps for women's safety, also requested him to direct police to check trafficking of women and keep a vigil on cases of girls going missing.

Ms Karandlaje said she discussed various issues concerning women's safety with the chief minister.

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