Sunday, April 21, 2013

Leaders reaction to Delhi rape victim at AIIMS:

21 04 2013 Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday visited AIIMS hospital to enquire about the minor girl who was raped allegedly by her neighbour in east Delhi. Gandhi went to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and visited the girl in her room. She inquired about the victim’s treatment and progress from doctors, and spoke with the parents of the victim.
The rape victim was shifted to AIIMS on Friday evening. The five-year-old girl was brutally raped and assaulted allegedly by her neighbour while being held captive and starved for two days. She also contracted infection after the incident.
The horrific incident took place in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar. The girl, who was missing from April 15 evening, was rescued on April 17 from the ground floor of the building where her family was staying.
Hang rapists, they need shock treatment: Sushma Swaraj
Expressing anguish over the rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj has demanded that the new anti-rape law be made more stringent and provide for death penalty in cases of rape of children and those involving brutality and barbarity.
“Nothing short of death sentence in cases of rape of children and cases involving brutality and barbarity will help,” Swaraj said.
The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha also asked Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to convene a meeting of representatives of all political parties to provide for death sentence to perpetrators of such brutal crimes.
“Home Minister should convene a meeting of representatives of all political parties to provide for death sentence in cases of rape of children and cases involving brutality and barbarity as in the present case,” she said, adding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should also be present at that meeting.
Swaraj said the new anti-rape law should include two more provisions for providing death penalty to those who rape children and those who commit heinous and brutal crimes.
UNICEF India strongly condemns rape of 5 year old girl in Delhi and calls for stronger and immediate action to improve safety for girls in the country.
The rape that took place in the past days in Delhi where a five year old girl is now fighting for her life, is yet another sign that urgent and concerted action is needed to make sure that girls and women in India can feel and be safe on the streets, in school, at work and at home.
While the child is fighting for her life, UNICEF expresses its heartfelt sympathy with the family of the young girl and shares hopes for her full recovery.
Recently published data show that more than 30,000 crimes were committed against children in India in 2011. The same source of data shows us that one in three of the rape victims is a child. More than 7,200 children, including infants are reported raped every year. UNICEF acknowledges that there might be many more cases that go unreported, and thus also go without the needed care and support.
Following the tragic rape case in December, the Government has taken some encouraging steps, among them the commissioning of the Verma Report which translated into the passing of the Criminal Law Ordinance. Prior to that, at the end of 2012 the Government had also passed the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, which provides a framework for stringent action on such cases.
This is a promising reality for the children of India. Yet, the law is not enough if it is not enforced effectively. The brutal rape case this week unfortunately also indicates the need to strongly improve the response of law enforcement officers.
Episodes of violence against women and girls continue to permeate daily lives in India. Wide-spread acceptance of these violations is worrisome. More is needed to ensure to urgently change the mind-set towards the girl child and women and put a stop to these brutal crimes. In many parts of society in India, girls are often seen as liabilities and have little to say about their lives. Girls and women need to be valued, respected and feel safe, not only within the confines of their homes but also in public spaces.
UNICEF joins its many partners in India to call for change and action, immediately.
In partnership with Delhi Daredevils and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra, UNICEF launched the initiative “Dare to Care” and we invite people to join us on http://www.d2c. in to raise your voice, share your ideas and speak out for the empowerment of girls in India.
Aam Aadmi Party's Statement on JPC Report
The leaked JPC report on the 2G scam shows the depths of dishonesty, shamelessness and partisanship, to which members of Parliament today can sink to when they deal with matters involving the high and mighty of major political parties.
The leaked majority report prepared by the Congress and UPA members purports to give a clean chit to the PM and Mr. Chidambaram and aportion the blame for the scam on the previous NDA government and Mr. Raja. They blame the NDA government for the first come, first served policy for giving licences (saying that the UPA government were only following the same) and blame Raja alone for tinkering with that and making it, "first to comply with the LOI to be served first". This is completely absurd.
Firstly, the Supreme Court faulted the first come first served policy being applied in 2008 (at spectrum prices of 2001) when market value of the spectrum had increased several fold, and on therefore cancelled these licences holding them to be arbitrary, illegal and malafide. All in the UPA government, including the Prime Minister and Chidambaram had concurred and been complicit with Mr. Raja on this. The complicity of Chidambaram is obvious from his extraordinary urgent directions to an officer of the finance Ministry who had written to the DOT that spectrum price must be indexed (which meant 3.5 times the 2001 prices), to retrieve and replace his letter and allow the spectrum to be given at 2001 prices. In fact Raja could not have given spectrum at 2001 prices without the express consent of Chidambaram, since the government had constituted a committee of these 2 persons to decide spectrum pricing.
The Prime Minister's complicity in what Raja did is obvious from the contemporaneous notings of the PMO on this issue when after being informed of Raja's decision to give spectrum at 2001 prices and also tamper with the first come first served policy, told his officers that "PM wants this informally shared with the Dept. Does not want a formal communication and wants PMO to be at arms length". So, knowing and approving everything that Raja did, he did not want his name or involvement to appear on record.
This majority leaked report of the JPC is much like some of its earlier reports like on the Bofors case where too a similar clean chit was given by party M.Ps to their political bosses. Such reports expose the depths to which our M.Ps have fallen and bring the entire institution of Parliamentary committees into disrepute.
The CBI too has been unable to investigate the involvement of Chidambaram, and the PM in the 2G scam. They have also been pressurised to let go of corporate bigwigs like Anil Ambani and Sunil Mittal in the case, despite the monitoring by the Supreme Court.
All this underlines the urgent need of an independant Lokpal to investigate such cases. But those in control of the government and Parliament realised that much of their top leadership would be in jail if that were to happen. That is why it is being resisted tooth and nail. The ball is now in the court of the people to give them a fitting reply in the next elections.

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