'Guidelines to check rape cases'

Minister for Higher Education C T Ravi has said that the State government will chalk out guidelines to check incidents of rape on female students and female employees at centres of higher education in the State. A meeting of all vice-chancellors will be convened, at Bangalore either on December 31 or January 5.

Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, he said a cell should be set up in every university, to deal with the cases related to assault on women in the campus premises.

The Cell should be headed by a senior female faculty of the institute, Principal, student representatives, female member of college development and monitoring committee.
 “We will maintain the secrecy of the complainant and in case of necessity, enough protection will also be provided to the victim.”

Moral and value education is need of the hour in schools and colleges, he said.
Terming the gang rape incident in Delhi as the reflection of the mindset of a few men, he stressed the need to introspect on the incident.

Expressing concern over such a horrific incident, the Minister batted for an effective law and stringent punishment to the guilty to prevent such shameful incidents from occurring in any other part of the country.

He said that the state government has considered the issue of rape and murder of Saujanya in Dharmasthala and gang rape on a girl hailing from Kanyana in Dakshina Kannada, at Kumble, seriously.

BJP mourns

The BJP district unit mourned the death of the girl who was raped in Delhi on December 16, at the party’s district office here on Saturday.

Offering condolences to the girls and her family, the party leaders and workers demanded the Central government to form a stringent policy that would put an end to inhuman incidents like rape and murder of women.

District-in-Charge Minister C T Ravi who led the mourning meet said that with several women being sexually harassed in different parts of the country, only the introduction of a stringent law could curb such acts.

MLC Monappa Bhandary, party District Unit President K Padmanabha Kottari, State Vice-president Sulochana G K Bhat and others were present.

Mourning in Manipal

Hundreds of students from various colleges in Udupi staged a peaceful protest to mourn the death of Delhi gang rape victim here before DC Office Complex on Saturday.
Students holding huge placards and banners urged stringent punishment for the offenders behind the heinous crime.

The placards comprised slogans against rape and also slogans demanding safety to womanhood.

The huge numbered students silently mourned the death of the Delhi gang rape victim and paid homage.

They demanded for stringent measures to prevent such reoccurrences of crime in future. They urged government to take immediate steps to punish the criminals involved in the case.The peaceful march was organized from Tiger Circle Manipal to DC Office Complex.

Bishop condoles

Mangalore diocesan Bishop Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza who offered prayers for the Delhi gang rape victim at his residence in Mangalore on Saturday, urged the law makers and authorities concerned to implement necessary laws in an efficient manner to ensure the safety and security of women in the country.

“If we lose our intellect and our will, we become animals and through such barbaric acts, we are going back to being animals,” said the Bishop.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Sabeeha Bhadigowda emphasized the need to take measures towards growing sexual assaults on women.
The gathering later lit candles and offered a prayer for the victim.

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