Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan on Saturday called for giving harsh punishment publicly to rapists, saying the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua has deeply disturbed him.
Addressing members of women's wing of his Jana Sena party, students and youth at the party office here, he said the incident shows that man was behaving worse than an animal.
The Jana Sena also organized a silent protest at Indira Gandhi statue on Necklace Road here, to demand stringent laws be made to protect women and give harsher punishment to the culprits.
"The law acts tough in dealing with the weak and acts weak in dealing with the powerful. We will fight to bring a change in this attitude," the Jana Sena leader said.A
Pawan said whenever such incidents take place, the media should avoid creating sensation and instead behave in a manner which bring social awareness.
The actor did not agree with the view of some people that crimes against women have increased due to the influence of films. "Was the rape and murder of minor girl in Katuha was inspired by cinema and artistes"" he asked.
"As a brother, I know how difficult it is to protect girls when they go out. A situation has come where parents live in fear till their daughters return home safely."
Narrating an incident that took place few years ago during shooting of a film, he said that some people harassed girls in the presence of 200 members of the film unit and claimed that he had to come forward to protect those girls.
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