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Rapist Of Minors Should Get Death Sentence, Says Naik

PTI 27 Jan 2010, 17:28:24 PM IST

Goa's  Congress MP Shantaram Naik on Wednesday in Panaji  said that rapist of minors should be awarded death sentence and all the rape cases should be prosecuted within six months through fast track courts.

Naik, a lone Rajya Sabha member from Goa, told PTI over phone from Delhi that the rapist of minors should be subjected to death sentence and if required Indian Penal Code (IPC) should be amended to include this provision.

The Rajya Sabha member was reacting to the rape on nine-year-old Russian girl at Arambol beach on January 26 evening. Naik had earlier stirred hornet s nest after his statement on the floor of the house that rape of a lady who moves with strangers for days together, even beyond middle of the night, is to be treated on a different footing.

Naik, a Congressman, said that fast track courts or special courts should be set up to deal with these cases, which needs urgent justice.

 Speaking about spate of rape cases in Goa, Naik said that there is a wrong impression nationally that Goa government is not doing much to control these offences.

"That s not true.. Goa government is serious in curbing such cases and has been working overtime to prevent such crimes," he said. PTI