Opposition leader and CPM central committee member V S Achuthanandan has called upon the Central Government to enact a piece of legislation to check the increasing cases of atrocities against women.
Addressing a news conference here, he said it was the lapses on the part of the state and central governments which were behind the spurt in attacks against women.
He said that the scale of cruelty against women as happening in India in unheard in other countries.
Expressing dissatisfaction about the Delhi Police’s report about the gangrape of the girl in a running bus, he said that the Delhi police had completely failed in doing anything to prevent the crime despite the fact that it occurred during 40 minutes while the bus passed through many checkpoints.
He asked the police and administration to make it clear as to what they had done to prevent such heinous acts. Commenting on the situation in Kerala, he said after a gap atrocities against women and children are on the increase. ‘’Even parents are selling their daughters for prostitution. In some cases, fathers of the victim have been identified as the abusers. Gangrapes and sex trade are on the rise,’’ he said.
Police often fail to act strongly and succumb to pressures or get lured by bribes.
He pointed out that two decades back there were large-scale protests against Suryanelli, ice cream parlor sex scandals. But using the loopholes in the legal system the accused could manage to escape. He said that society should have maintained a vigil against the social evil and helped bring the culprits before justice.
Achuthanandan asked those forces which had been engaged in ridiculing his fight against the anti-socials who prey on women, to do a rethink and correct their ways. He hoped that all those concerned would come forward to realise that his legal battle in cases like ice cream sex scandal case to punish the guilty was for a larger goal.