SHILLONG, April 14: Former Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma’s daughter, Miani D Shira who is contesting the upcoming by elections to be held for the Ampati seat in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, has demanded stringent action against the Kathua child rapists.
Taking part in a candle lit vigil to denounce the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua which was held here on Saturday, Miani said, “When I first read the (chilling) details of the case, the emotion I felt was something I cannot describe. It was so painful and sad.”
Stating that India needs to stand up against such crimes, she said, “Especially at the moment when the government is trying to shield such culprits, the people need to come together and stand up against such instant so that such incident does not occur in the future.”
Miani also demanded that stringent action should be taken against the culprits especially those involved in crime against minors as she added “I think they are not human. I don’t think anyone wants our country’s future to be this way, it is time for all the people to come together.”
Asked on the rising crimes against women and children in the state, Miani said that crime against women and children is there from before but now that these incidents are being reported, it is a good thing.
Lamenting the many instances where relatives and clan members try to shield their own people who are culprits, she however reminded by saying “A criminal is a criminal and stern action against them is a must and we should not support them even if they are from our family or relatives.”
Earlier, Meghalaya Pradesh Mahila Congress (MPMC) chief Joplin Shylla said today’s candle light vigil is to protest against the crimes perpetrated on women and children across the country including in Meghalaya.
“We feel that such crimes against our women and children should stop immediately. The government should come up with stringent rules and laws against such crimes because if neglected then crimes like these will be committed repeated everyday and everywhere and culprits will think that it’s okay to commit crimes because they know they will soon get out on bail and ultimately be freed,” she said.
Condemning the rape and murder of the minor, Shylla said the Congress mahila also extends full support to the announcement made by the chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti to bring a law that would make death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors.
“I fully support this law and this should also be implemented in our state,” she said while also condemning the recent murder of three women from the state.
Moreover, the mahila president also emphasized the need to conduct awareness programme across the country as a means to combat crimes against women and children.