Web Desk(April 24, 2018): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the promulgation of an ordinance on rape demonstrated his government’s determination to act on the issue, but stressed that people had to respect their daughters and make their sons more responsible for an atmosphere of safety. TOI reported.
Modi also pitched for a social movement to ensure the safety of women and girls while addressing a rally here.The Union Cabinet on April 21 approved the ordinance under which the death penalty could be awarded to those convicted of raping girls below 12 years of age, amid a nationwide outrage over cases of sexual assault and murder of minors In kathua and Surat and the rape of a teenager in Unnao.
IMF Chief Pressurizes India On Women Safety:
Earlier on April 20, The IMF chief Christine Lagarde had called on Indian premier to focus more on women in the subsequences of the ‘revolting’ rape and murder of two young girls on Thursday.
“I would hope that the Indian authorities, starting with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, pay more attention, because it is needed for the women of India,” a visibly angry Lagarde said.
Speaking as the International Monetary Fund opens its Spring meetings, she said she chided Modi earlier this year at a gathering in Davos because “he had not mentioned women enough.”A 2014 UN report said one in three rape victims in India was a minor. Nearly 11,000 cases of child rape were reported in India in 2015, according to the National Crime Records Bureau´s latest figures.