A few thousand women demanded establishment of special courts in every district to try cases of atrocities against women during a day-long dharna organised by the Prajarajyam near Indira Park on Monday.
The dharna was organised to protest against the acid attack on Swapnika and another engineering student in Warangal, which the party felt was a pointer to the alarming increase in attacks on women. Addressing the gathering, K. Nagendra Babu, brother of party president Chiranjeevi, regretted the existence of a male-dominated society even in these times. He promised that when Praja Rajyam came to power, it would give women the respect and recognition they deserved.
Expressing concern over the rising number of crimes against women, he said it was time women joined hands, irrespective of political affiliation and pressurise the government into having stricter laws in place.
, the party’s ideological spokesperson, demanded that a time frame of one month be fixed for courts to pronounce verdicts.
Party leaders Sobha Nagi Reddy and Vanga Geeta said, there was an urgent need to improve awareness and counsel the youth, while also infusing confidence in young women.
The leaders regretted that the State government was not taking attacks on women seriously and demanded that the laws be made more stringent in cases such as these. An advocate, Madhavi said that as for the acid attack on Swapnika, the State government had literally closed the case by shooting down the accused.
“But what about other cases, pertaining to the killing of Prasannalakshmi in Guntur, Srilakshmi and Ayesha Meeran in Vijayawada?”, she asked.