BJP presses for special session of Parliament on law and order
The workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday held a protest meeting in Panjim, pressing for its demand to convene a special session of Parliament to discuss the ‘entire gamut of law and order issue’ in the wake of Delhi gang-rape incident that has sparked a wave of demonstrations across the country.
The meeting was addressed by BJP Member of Parliament Smruti Irani, which also saw presence of State Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Around 300 BJP workers held a demonstration near Panjim jetty, condemning the gang-rape on a 23-year-old paramedical student in New Delhi. The protestors have demanded urgent amendment to the criminal laws to provide harsh punishments for extreme cases of crimes against women.
Addressing the gathering, Irani said that the protest by the younger lot in Delhi and the nation-wide outrage is a wake-up call and a warning to the UPA government which has failed miserably in protecting women.
Irani said that party demands a special session of Parliament for discussing the whole gamut of issues concerning law and order.
She recalled, “Two years back a memorandum demanding for a protection for women Act was submitted to UPA government, who failed to take any decision, till date”.
Irani urged Goa government to make a similar demand through a memorandum to the Governor, which could be forwarded to President of India. Speaking to media persons, Parrikar stressed for a need to have a strong Act to provide harsh punishment to perpetrators indulging in crime against women.
The State home minister said that the incident is worst and needs to be dealt seriously. “Unfortunately, the police and government (any) is not serious towards the increasing crime against women,” Parrikar said adding ‘in Goa efforts would be made to increase the night patrolling and also to double the female recruitment in police department’. Nearly 250 residents of PDA Colony in Porvorim took out a candle light vigil on Monday evening initiated by a student Shruti Yadav. [H]