Mayawati against rape accused contesting elections, but fielded two in UP

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 16:39 hrs

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Wednesday said political parties should not field rape accused as candidates in elections.

"BSP agrees with the view hundred and one percent that rape accused should not be fielded as candidates in the elections and they should not be given importance," Mayawati told media on Wednesday.

However, she gave ticket to a rape accused in 2009 Lok Sabha elections and fielded one in the assembly elections held last year, TOI reported. In UP, four MLAs have rape charges against them which include three from the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and one from BSP. The SP MLAs include Guddu Pandit (MLA from Debai), Anoop Sanda (Sultanpur) and Manoj Kumar Paras (Nagina). From BSP, MLA from Bulandshahr Aleem Khan is facing rape charges.

Mayawati also backed Minister of State for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor suggestion that any future law to curb growing rapes in the country could be named after the Delhi gangrape victim.

"If the family of the victim has given its approval to the name being made public and law being named after the rape victim I have no objections to it," Mayawati said.

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said: "The Central government should convene an all-party meeting and take a decision in consensus with everyone."

She said the Delhi gangrape incident has failed to change the attitude of the Central and the state governments.

"If there was a change then no rape case would have occurred after the Delhi incident," she said.

Meanwhile, the family members of the Delhi gangrape victim has reportedly said they don't have a problem if the revised anti-rape law is named after the girl.

According to media reports, the victim's family said such a move will be an honour to her.

Tharoor on Tuesday suggested that any future law to curb growing rapes in the country could be named after the victim who died in a Singapore hospital on Saturday after a 13-day-long fight since the horrific attack on her, but not without galvanising a nation fed up with crimes against women.

"Unless her parents object, she should be honoured and the revised anti-rape law named after her. She was a human being with a name, [she was] not just a symbol," Tharoor tweeted.

Tharoor said he was wondering why at all the name of the girl was kept a secret.

"Wondering what interest is served by continuing anonymity of the Delhi gangrape victim. Why not name and honour her as a real person with [her] own identity?" asked Tharoor.

India woke up on Saturday to the tragic news of the death of the paramedical student in a Singapore hospital, finally losing a 13-day-long battle for life after being raped and brutalised by six men on a moving bus in Delhi on Dec 16.

Her death left the nation in a state of mourning and churning as the collective anger of people found new expressions in clamour for change and justice.

Media gave her many names, most popular among that being Damini. Some also called her Amanat or Nirbhaya.

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