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'Crime against women, weaker sections needs to be curbed with an iron hand': Shinde.

New Delhi, Jan 4 ( ANI ): Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said crimes against women and weaker sections of society need to be curbed with an iron hand.

Shinde said the recent gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a running bus was unacceptable in Indian democracy.

Addressing the day long conference of Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police on crimes against women and atrocities against SCs/STs held here today, Shinde said: "This needs to be curbed with an iron hand. We need a reappraisal of the entire system, the role of all our stakeholders, the adequacy of our laws, the effectiveness of enforcement at the cutting edge level, the need for increased awareness and sensitivity starting at the school level and covering all people residing at the margins of our society."

Asserting that the responsibility to ensure the safety and security of all citizens lie with the government, Shinde said that the role of the government and law enforcement agencies, including the criminal justice system have come in for critical comment.

"In this age and time, knowledge and equity are the fundamental principles of our governance and should be the touchstone of our government and administration," he said.

Expressing his anguish over the fact that even after 60 years of Independence and after enactment of numerous legislations, the rate of crime against women and the SCs/STs has not declined, Shinde said that the number of crimes against women and weaker sections are continuing and showing an increasing trend.

"It is apparent that legislations are only one part of the solution but the principal difficulty lies at the implementation level where sometimes the ground realities become a barrier for effective implementation of the law. Prompt action against all offenders of crime will alone bring about respect of law," said Shinde.

"Our primary objective is to identify such barriers, suggest modifications required in our laws and in the procedures and methodology of investigation, so that the trial concluded early and the guilty punished in a time bound manner," he added.

Shinde expressed the hope that this conference will give valuable suggestions so that 'we can surely envision a day when crime against women and atrocities against SCs and STs are isolated incidents'. ( ANI )

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