Legislator speaks up for safety of women

 After former minister Shobha Karandlaje, another woman MLA, Mallika Prasad, has voiced concern over the sa­fety of women in Karnataka.

Participating in the discussion on the budget proposals, Mallika, member of the Assembly from Puttur, demanded that a strong legislation be brought in to ensure security for women in the State. Every police station should have an exclusive wing to handle cases related to women, she said.

Mallika is the first among the five women members to speak up on the issue at the current session. She said it was unfortunate that cases of missing women, sexual abuse and rape were on the rise in the State.

Bail should not be granted to those facing rape charges and officials who do not effectively handle cases related to crimes against women should be suspended from service, she said.

Mallika suggested that media should be banned from telecasting incidents where women/ young girls are being subjected to atrocities, as that would have a negative impact on youngsters.

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