Mohali: Amid nationwide outrage over the rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday advocated for death penalty to those convicted in rape cases.
"I support death penalty to those convicted in rape cases, especially the recent incident of Delhi where a five-year-old child was raped," he said.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President said, "there should be detailed deliberations by the Congress led UPA government at the Centre with all the stake holders, including political parties" on demand of death penalty for rapists.
Badal was here to launch Mobile Women Commando Squads, claimed to be the first in the country, to curb crime against women, speed up police response in such cases, assist victims and bring perpetrators to book.
Flagging off the mobile team for all towns including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar and other cities, Badal said that the remaining cities would be covered within three months.
"We have given intensive training to Women Commandos so that can deal with any eventuality," Badal said.
The Deputy CM said that the pilot project of Women Armed Special Protection Squads (WASPS) launched last week in Bathinda was quiet encouraging as per the feedback received.
"Women are increasingly becoming confident to approach women commandos to report incidents of eve teasing and other crime against women and seeing the success of this pilot project, it is being replicated throughout the state," Badal said.

On receipt of any complaint to Women Helpline both mobile teams and PCR personal would respond, Badal said, adding, that these mobile teams would be deployed at women colleges, schools, co-ed colleges, girl's hostels, working women hostels, busy markets, malls and cinemas.
"These teams would instill a sense of security and provide a safe living and working environment to women and protect them against offences like eve teasing, molestation, stalking and chain snatching etc," he informed.
Emphasising on increasing the strength of women in the police, Badal said that Punjab Police would soon start a recruitment drive to select 500 women DSPs and ASIs, who would be Incharge of women police stations.
Badal said that his aim was to increase the strength of women in Punjab Police from 3 percent to 15 percent and then to 33 percent.
On a question regarding Wealth Tax on Agriculture Sector, Badal said that the imposition of wealth tax on the farming community by the Centre has exposed the anti-farmer face of the Congress led UPA Government.
Badal said the SAD would be vociferously opposing this "draconian move" and raise this issue in both houses of Parliament.
Noting that the state government is acting tough against drug peddlers, Badal said that during last week alone more than 875 drug pushers have been arrested due to sustained campaign of Punjab Police.


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