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Women legislators pitch for new laws

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, July 19 � Cutting across party lines, women legislators of the State today made a strong pitch for amending the existing laws and even enacting new laws to tackle the disturbing trend of rising crime and violence against women.

Stringent laws, they said, would act as an effective deterrent to the growing crimes on women. They also called for implementing all the recommendations made by the National Commission for Women following the July 9 incident.

�Even a prostitute has a dignity which is inviolable...we need stringent laws which can as an effective deterrent to criminals. I urge the Home Department to punish every culprit responsible for the heinous crime on GS Road on July 9. The physical and mental dignity of every woman must be protected,� Congress legislator Bismita Gogoi said, raising the discussion.

Gogoi said that the spurt in crimes against women testified to the inadequacy of the existing legal mechanism to deal with the deteriorating situation. She said the situation warranted amendment of the weak laws as also enactment of stringent laws.

Congress MLA Sushmita Deb said that with changing times, the role of woman was changing and she was increasingly occupying positions in work place. �Women are spending more time outside due to work, sometimes making her vulnerable to dangers. Changing lifestyles are also getting reflected in the way a woman dresses but that should not be an issue. A woman must be safe irrespective of the way she dresses,� she said.

Calling for not politicizing the July 9 incident, Deb said that society in general should work in tandem to make it a safer place for women.

BPF legislator Pramila Rani Brahma demanded that the Government put some restrictions on the entry of young girls in bars. Referring to the despicable practice of witch-hunting in certain areas of the State, she said that strict laws and social awareness held the key to tackling the scourge.

Gul Akhtara Begum of the AIUDF, while calling for strengthening the police and the justice dispensation mechanism, said that relegating old values to the background was a major cause of many of the disturbing incidents of crime nowadays. She said that the family values should be brought back to society.

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Women legislators pitch for new laws

GUWAHATI, July 19 � Cutting across party lines, women legislators of the State today made a strong pitch for amending the existing laws and even enacting new laws to tackle the disturbing trend of rising crime and violence against women.

Stringent laws, they said, would act as an effective deterrent to the growing crimes on women. They also called for implementing all the recommendations made by the National Commission for Women following the July 9 incident.

�Even a prostitute has a dignity which is inviolable...we need stringent laws which can as an effective deterrent to criminals. I urge the Home Department to punish every culprit responsible for the heinous crime on GS Road on July 9. The physical and mental dignity of every woman must be protected,� Congress legislator Bismita Gogoi said, raising the discussion.

Gogoi said that the spurt in crimes against women testified to the inadequacy of the existing legal mechanism to deal with the deteriorating situation. She said the situation warranted amendment of the weak laws as also enactment of stringent laws.

Congress MLA Sushmita Deb said that with changing times, the role of woman was changing and she was increasingly occupying positions in work place. �Women are spending more time outside due to work, sometimes making her vulnerable to dangers. Changing lifestyles are also getting reflected in the way a woman dresses but that should not be an issue. A woman must be safe irrespective of the way she dresses,� she said.

Calling for not politicizing the July 9 incident, Deb said that society in general should work in tandem to make it a safer place for women.

BPF legislator Pramila Rani Brahma demanded that the Government put some restrictions on the entry of young girls in bars. Referring to the despicable practice of witch-hunting in certain areas of the State, she said that strict laws and social awareness held the key to tackling the scourge.

Gul Akhtara Begum of the AIUDF, while calling for strengthening the police and the justice dispensation mechanism, said that relegating old values to the background was a major cause of many of the disturbing incidents of crime nowadays. She said that the family values should be brought back to society.