Maya announces measures to tackle attacks on women

Lucknow: Under attack by the Opposition over rape incidents in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Mayawati has called a high-level meet of state officials on June 27 and also announced amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code making harsher provisions for the guilty.

"Keeping in view incidents of rape and other crimes against women, my government has decided to effect some important amendments in the CrPC," Mayawati told reporters here.

She said section 437 and 439 of the CrPC would be amended to ensure the trial is completed within six months and the cases of assault will be made non-bailable.

"Provision will be made that the accused does not get bail till the time he is proved innocent," she said.

Mayawati said that an ordinance to this effect was being forwarded to the governor.

Mayawati said a state-level meeting of police and administrative officers has been called on June 27 in the state capital.

"I myself will chair the meeting…directives will be issued to launch a month long campaign at all police stations," she said.