Mangaluru, Nov 03, 2014: Addressing the media representatives on arrival at the Mangaluru International Airport on November 2 Sunday , chief minister Siddaramiah stated that a task force committee will be formed within two days, which will hold parleys and devise strategies with parents and management.
The priority of the committee will be in preventing all types of immoral assaults of minors in schools/institutions. The constituted committee members will be from police, educational, women and child welfare departments. This committee will ensure that all institutions follow the guidelines issued by the government. The incidence of sexual attacks on school children will not be tolerated in any way by the Govt.
He emphasised that the sexual assaults on minor girls took place chiefly at private institutions. Employees of these institution seem to indulge in offence in their premises, the management selects and supervises the induction of school staff. The government neither has control nor is aware who these staff are. Hence while appointing the employees, the management should check their antecedents and so on.
The chief minister said law and order in state has not deteriorated as alleged by certain mischievous elements and it is stable as any time befor. He said that the government is definitely in control of the law and order in state and strict action has already been taken against culprtits. It can not enter into homes/houses and enforce law.
Mentioning kidnap and sexual assault over a school girl at Thirthahalli, chief minister said " The investigation is going on and the truth will surely prevail."
Responding to queries from media representatives on the escalating murder, kidnap and moral policing in DK district, he said that during the BJP’s tenure there were excessive moral policing incidents. BJP has no moral right to demand resignation of any one in this scenario. Law and order was comparatively normal and under control now.
The Chief minister taking a call on invoking the Goonda Act against the sexual offenders clarified that as of now amendment has been enacted, it will effectively be implemented. Goonda Act may also be invoked on sexual offenders if the case demands. If a case is registered under Goonda act, bail will not be granted and incarceration in prison for a year is certain. Under the chairmanship of MC Nanaiah, expert committee has been constituted. Government will consider the committee’s recommendation on preventing the sexual assaults and crimes.
The move by the government to include sexual predators under the Goonda Act will certainly act as a deterrent, CM stated, with amendments to section 376 of Indian Penal Code, people who commit such acts even for the first time as against a repeat offense earlier, will now be liable to be booked under the said Act.
Regarding appointing the Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner, CM said that "Government has not followed the law on implementing MCC commissioner and it will be done in due time soon.
State minister B Ramanath Rai, UT Khader, Abayachandra Jain, MLC Ivan D’ Souza, MLA Moideen Bhava, Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim, Mayor Mahabal Marla, Deputy Mayor Kavitha, ZP CEO Tulasi Maddineni, Police Commissioner R Hithendra, SP Dr Sharanappa and others were present. The CM received a warm welcome and a guard of honour at the MIA on his arrival at Mangaluru.