Odisha Parties and women outfits hail Hyderabad police action, seek stringent legislation to punish rapists

Bhubaneswar: BJD government in Odisha today welcomed the Hyderabad encounter in which police shot dead four rape accused. Law Minister Pratap Jena said personally he supports the encounter. “It is my personal opinion that the accused should be punished severely”, he said.

Stating that he does not know what human rights and other organizations will say, but strict punishment should be given to the perpetrators of the crime. There are many countries where rapists are shot dead. “Police has taken the right decision at Hyderabad and stringent laws should be enacted”, Jena said.

Supporting Jena’s view, Congress MLA Suresh Rautray also said that Hyderabad police had taken the right step. BJP MP from Bhubaneswar Aparajita Shadangi termed the Hyderabad Police action as appropriate while state president of saffron party and MP Basant Panda said that strict laws should be enacted to punish the rapist.

Advocate of Odisha High Court Rita Satpathy said the encounter of the rapists should be seen as justice for the victim. There should be separate provision in the CRPC to provide quick justice to the rape victims through amendment of the law, she said.

Justifying the shooting down of the lady doctor’s murderers, social activist Shubhashree Das , police had taken the right step. Stating that there is resentment in the society due to increased incidence of crime against women and delay in justice and cited the example of Nirbhaya and Unnao incident. Often the anger turns violent and people come to the road in some form or the other. After all, why does such a situation arise?, she asked.

Former State Women’s Commission chief Namrita Chadha described the encounter as an ultimatum to the society. The incident was bound to happen. This was the result of delayed judicial process. After this incident, the demand for speedy justice delivery in rape cases will continue to be raised more vigorously, she said.

Welcoming the incident, Mamta Samantarai, Chairperson of the State Progressive Women’s Forum, said that it was an example awakening the society and judicial process. Government should make strict laws so that the wolves living in the society in human form will not have the courage to look at any woman.

Transgender Sweety Sahu, president of Sakhi Sanstha, who participated in an agitation in Delhi demanding early punishment of the rape accused, said such incidents happen due to delay in judicial process. A stringent law should be enacted under which the victim is awarded the severe punishment.