Bhopal: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said that his government will introduce a bill in the assembly during the next session seeking capital punishment for those who rape children.
Speaking at Surakshit Bharat Surakshit Bachpan programme held by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi in the city, Chouhan ensured zero tolerance against child abusers.
“Only spreading awareness will not help, we have decided to bring a bill seeking capital punishment for rapists of children in the winter session. We will even take the bill to Centre,” he said. “Any case of child abuse should face strong protest at every level in the society,” said Chouhan.
The chief minister urged residents of Madhya Pradesh to work together to eliminate cases of sexual violence against the children adding that the government will take all necessary steps to end crime against women and children. “I do not accept that eradicating sexual violence against women and children is only the government’s job. It is the moral responsibility of society, citizens to join hands and eliminate this menace,” said the chief minister.
He also asked Nobel laureate Satyarthi to work with Madhya Pradesh government to rid the state of child related crimes and told the children present at the event to raise their voice against child abuse. The chief minister also released a Knowledge Calendar prepared by Dr Anil Sathwaiya. Sameda Kailash — Satyarthi’s wife, minister of women and child development, Archana Chitnis, minister of state for technical education, Deepak Joshi, Lok Sabha member, Alok Sanjar, MPSPCR chairman, Raghavendra Sharma were present.