You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

BJP MP invites Rahul Gandhi for debate on child safety

Topics
Law Crime

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Taking on Rahul Gandhi for his stand on Kathua rape case, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar today invited the Congress president for a debate on child safety and what Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has done to protect children in Karnataka.

"Next time Gandhi takes time off from his pre-election temple-run in Karnataka, I would invite him to a civilized debate on child safety in Karnataka and discuss what Siddaramaiah has really done to protect children in Karnataka," he said in a statement here.

Ever since February 2014, Chandrasekhar said he has been urging Siddaramaiah to act on child safety issues to put in place safety guidelines, regulations for schools and have more child courts.

He said he had also written to Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah in August 2015, but neither he nor his government have done anything about safety of children and consequently more children became victims.

? The number of cases of sexual abuse has been going up over the past five years in Karnataka, he alleged.

While the number of cases registered in 2012-13 was 138, this year the number is over 10 times that, he claimed.

? "Statistics from the Karnataka State Integrated Child Protection Society (KSICPS) show that 1,420 cases were registered under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act," he said.

?Among the cases filed, more than 93 per cent of the cases were still pending trial, a result of lack of adequate child courts, he said.

At a recent state-level consultation on child trafficking with experts from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, evidence was presented about the sorry state of affairs in Karnataka on child trafficking and child prostitution, he said.

All this show that the Siddaramaiah government, despite overwhelming evidence of rise in crimes against children, has done very little, he alleged.

Chandrasekhar said Gandhi has belatedly woken up to issue of crimes against children and is trying to score political points from horror and cruelty inflicted on an innocent 8-year-old girl.

"Crimes against children are the most horrific and are not opportunities to score political points," he said.

Though justice for the eight-year-old girl is a must and is non-negotiable,no punishment would be too severe for the perpetrators?of such cruelty on any child.

Justice is pending also for child victims of crimes in Karnataka, Chandrasekhar said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 22:15 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU