Raj Thackeray favours ‘Sharia type’ law to tackle rape cases

MUMBAI:- Chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Raj Thac­keray on Monday advocated a stringent Sharia-type law to tackle heinous crimes like rape against women and minors.

“Those who rape and kill minors, their hands and legs should be chopped off,” an emotionally-charged MNS leader said after meeting the relatives of a minor rape vic­tim here.

Thackeray said those in­dulging in heinous crimes against women or minors be dealt with mercilessly.

“There is a need for a Shar­ia-type law, prevalent in some Islamic countries, to deal with such crimes,” he said.

He also urged the gov­ernment to amend the relevant laws since the perpetrators of rape could misuse existing provisions to their advantage.

The 14-year old schoolgirl was kidnapped, gang-raped and her body badly mutilated in Kopardi village in Ahmed­nagar district. Her body was found on July 13.

Thackeray said the crime at Kopardi occurred because law and order in Maharashtra had collapsed and the present Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government is “proving worse than the earlier Con­gress-Nationalist Congress Party rule”.

Referring to Chief Min­ister Devendra Fadnavis’ an­nouncement to provide arms licences to rape survivors or their families, Thackeray said such measures will not suffice.

When told that the ar­rested accused had said they were inebriated when they allegedly committed the crime, the MNS leader coun­tered: “Even after drinking, don’t you recognise your mother or sister? You don’t do such things with them, then why with others?”

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