'Centre to ensure harsh punishment for crimes against women'
gang rape case as Delhi
a "horrendous incident" Defence Minister A K Antony today said
the Centre would bring out a law ensuring stringent punishment
for culprits involved in crimes against women immediately on
getting the Justice J S Verma Committee report.
"What has happened in
is brutal. The accused should Delhi
get harshest punishment. This is my view and demand of the
public as a whole,"
"Let the protests and reactions of society against the
would subside soon," he said while inaugurating the 136th
birth anniversary celebrations of Mannath Padmanabhan, social
reformer and founder of Nair Service Society at Perunna near
Asserting that the Centre would implement the
recommendations of the Verma Committee as soon as it gets the
report, he said law, court and police alone were not enough
but a social movement was needed to prevent crimes against
The government had on December 23 constituted the
Committee under the chairmanship of Justice (retd) Verma,
former Chief Justice of India, to look into the possible
amendments of the criminal law so as to provide for quicker
trial and enhanced punishment to criminals in such cases.
"It is the duty of every citizen, both men and women, to
create an atmosphere where women are totally safe at home,
schools, public places and work places,"
"Ensuring safety of women not only requires legislative
measures but a strong social movement. This has already
Not only political parties but social
organisations and NGOs have also a vital role to play in this
movement to cleanse the society from the impurities that have
accumulated and tainting it," he said.
Lauding the role of Mannath Padmanabhan in reforming the
caste-ridden Kerala society in the last century,
it was unfortunate that communal mistrust was becoming a cause
for concern in the state again.
If this was allowed to grow unchecked, Kerala would again
become a "lunatic asylum" of rigid casteism as said by Swami
Vivekananda over a century back, he added.