Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has urged the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognisance of growing incidents of crime against women and direct the Centre to take prompt steps for effectively checking them.
Hours after the death of the Unnao rape victim in a Delhi hospital, Mayawati met Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Saturday morning and submitted a memorandum, urging her to apprise the state government about people’s concern over dipping law and order situation and an alarming rise in incidents of violence against women.
She also urged the Governor to intervene in the matter as per her Constitutional obligations.
Launching a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party regime in UP, Mayawati said that rapes, murders and molestations were taking place all over the country, but in UP, such cases have been excessive.
“It is a matter of deep regret that during the past few years, especially since the BJP regime took over, women have not been safe. This is not the only incident in UP... There is not a day when there is not an incident of rape and murder, attempt to rape or molestation,” the BSP chief said in Lucknow on Saturday.
“My party believes that till the state governments do not deal with criminals promptly and sternly, these incidents cannot be checked,” she said.
“If the Supreme Court takes note of growing cases of crime against women on its own and directs the Centre to take action, I think then it (Centre) would come into action mode,” the BSP chief said..
“Parliament is in session and the Union government needs to take cognisance of these cases and frame strict law for controlling it. But the Centre does not seem to be acting,” she added.
The BSP chief said the UP government must ensure proper justice to the family of the Unnao rape victim.
“The death of the 23-year-old woman is extremely painful and the BSP is with the victim’s family in this hour of grief,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.
On Friday, Mayawati had lauded the killing of the four Hyderabad rape accused in an encounter, saying that people were forced to praise it as there was so much anguish over such incidents.