Updated: February 5, 2014 6:19:43 pm
Senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler Monday said political leaders have now become “very active in pointing out” rape incidents as it “gives them a lot of political mileage” and help “in winning public support” if they stand by the victim.
Replying a to query on incidents of three gangrapes —- one each in Kamduni, Madhyamgram and Gaighata in West Bengal —- Tytler said that the law and order situation in the state needed to be tightened up.
“These are sad incidents. (Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee, being a woman, should ensure more security for female sex,” he said, while adding that according to his observation, more rape cases were being reported after the tabling of Justice Verma Commission report.
“I believe there had been cases of rapes before as well but many of those went unreported. After the report by Justice J S Verma on sexual crimes, women are coming forward to put in complaints because they have realised that unless they do so, offenders cannot be booked. People are now more confident about the need to inform authorities about outrage of modesty for the betterment of society,” he said.
Tytler said, NGOs were paying more attention to these cases and providing support to the victims and their families so that they feel safer and can come forward to report these incidents.
Asked if the reply, to water down the inefficiency of the TMC government here, was any hint at an alliance between the Congress and the ruling party in West Bengal, in the Lok Sabha elections, he said, “We are yet to decide how the state Congress would fight the elections. It is up to them. They would decide and speak to the party vice-president.”
He, however, spoke on the exodus of Congress workers in the state to the ruling TMC and said, “It should be a wakeup call for Congress here if so many MLAs and councillors are leaving the party.”
He said, adding that Rahul Gandhi himself had shown a keen interest in the organisational restructuring of the party.
Referring to the return of former MP Somen Mitra to Congress, he said he did not know whether his return would make a lot of difference in the party. “Like Mamata, he is an old Congress worker as well and is welcome to the party,” Tytler said.
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