Madhya Pradesh: School buses carrying female students to have a woman conductor, says CM Chouhan

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Madhya Pradesh: School buses carrying female students to have a woman conductor, says CM Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, while speaking at an event organised to felicitate him, announced that it will be mandatory for all school buses carrying female students to deploy a woman conductor.

It will be mandatory for all school buses ferrying female students to deploy a woman conductor, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Thursday.

Chouhan was speaking at an event organised to felicitate him for passing a bill in the state Vidhan Sabha that seeks death penalty for those convicted of raping girls of less than 12 years of age.

Speaking on the occasion, Chouhan also said that all school bus operators have been directed to install CCTV cameras. The direction, however, had been made by district collectors at the start of the present academic session but most operators have refused to comply.

The felicitation event was organised on a day when the news of death of a 15-year-old girl who was set ablaze after being gang raped came from the state's Sagar district.

Although the hoardings at the event thanked the chief minister for the legislation, Chouhan at the beginning of the event said that the event should be called a 'pledge programme'. The pledge according to the chief minister was required to make the girl child safe in the state.

Madhya Pradesh according to latest national Crime Records Bureau data stands at the top in rapes and cases of crime against women.

Chouhan through the death penalty legislation is trying to show his concern towards women even though his government has failed miserably to bring down crime against women.

The death penalty legislation according to the opposition Congress party is a meager eyewash and an attempt to divert attention as in reality the Indian parliament cannot pass any such legislation as the CrPC and IPC that are in concurrent list need to be amended.

Chouhan, however , is claiming that he wants to start a nationwide debate on death penalty for rapists through the bill that has been passed by the Madhya Pradesh assembly.