Says the law should have been in place when Tabindah Gani incident took place
Kupwara 24 April: Welcoming ordinance passed by state cabinet today ensuring death punishment for those found guilty in sexual assault on minors, AIP Supremo and MLA Langate Er. Rasheed has said that the move is a right step in the right direction, though should have been taken much earlier. While interacting with people at various places in Kupwara today, Er. Rasheed said “It would have been more appropriate had the law been passed and implemented when Tabindah Gani rape and murder incident took place in 2006. It is unfortunate that the Govt. only wakes up after some heinous crime taken place. state Govt. often follows New Delhi and the track record proves that state Govt. has never dared to bring an ordinance or pass a law of some serious significance and has preferred often to wait for New Delhi’s nodes over such sensitive issues”. However Er. Rasheed added that more than passing the laws it is important to ensure their time bound implementation. He sought similar hard laws to deal with corruption and nepotism. Er. Rasheed appealed Govt. to implement Forest Rights Act. 2006 as passed by the Central Govt. He said “While state Govt. has always been very keen and eager to implement all those laws passed by central Govt. in one form or the other from time to time, but one fails to understand why doesn’t it pass law or bring and ordinance on the pattern of Forest Rights Act of 2006 passed by Central Govt., to protect the rights of nomads and those living within vicinity of forests. It is need of the hour to pass an act as soon as possible to bring state laws at par with center’s Forest Rights Act Of 2006”. Er. Rasheed appealed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to rise to the occasion and pass a law in the Assembly or bring an ordinance to protect the rights of nomads and other related inhabitants at the pattern of Forest Rights Act 2006.