Shiv Sena virtually justifies lynching of rape accused in Nagaland

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday virtually justified the lynching of a rape accused in Nagaland, saying mob fury reflects people's anger towards sexual crimes against women and the kind of justice meted out to the man should happen in Maharashtra as well.

"The way justice was meted out to the rape accused in Nagaland, should happen in Maharashtra as well. Cases relating to rape carry on for years, with the accused getting no punishment for his crime," Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam told reporters in Mumbai.

"What is necessary is immediate decisions to give justice to the rape victims. I will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and demand the formulation of a law, which will fast track the rape related cases and the accused, if proven guilty is hanged within a month of committing the crime," he added.

There has been an uproar over the March 5 incident in Dimapur in which Syed Farid Khan was dragged out of a prison by a mob on suspicion of raping a woman, stripped naked, severely beaten up and tied to a motor cycle. He died of his injuries along the way and the mob hung his body at the clock tower.

A report sent by Nagaland government to the Union Home Ministry has said that charges of rape against Khan, who hailed from Assam, were not established conclusively and
medical reports are still awaited.

Meanwhile the Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana' "The people of Nagaland have long been protesting the illegal migration from Bangladesh. But their protests were ignored. In the middle of this unrest came up this rape incident... This incident made people lose their patience... It is only a result of people's anger against increasing sexual crimes."

"Our judicial system works at a snail's pace when it comes to rape cases. However strong the case may be, we can never be sure if the rapist will be hanged. And if the accused is a minor, he is sent to a remand home where in the name of humanity, all kinds of facilities are provided to him," it said.

The Assam government has said that Khan came from a family of army men as his late father was in the force and two of his brothers are serving jawans. The Sena also demanded a stringent law, under which those found guilty of rape would be hanged within a month of committing the crime.

Kadam said that awarding death penalty is the only way to ensure that crime against women is curbed in the state.

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