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New Delhi Juveniles who are 15 years old too must get death penalty if they commit rape, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday.

The chief minister made the announcement after a cabinet meeting which discussed issues related to women’s safety, with particular emphasis on incidents of rape.

“There should be death penalty or life term for accused above the age of 15 years in such (heinous crimes),” Kejriwal told reporters.

“There is a need for time-bound investigation and fast tracking of cases to make Delhi safer for children,” he added.

Last week, two girls were raped within a span of 24 hours. One was two and a half years old and the other five years old. Two boys, aged around 17, were detained by police in the first case.

The increasing number of heinous crimes where boys below the age of 18 were found to be involved led to a move by the government this year to try them as adults.

Delhi also needs more fast track courts to deal with crimes against women, Kejriwal said.

He said the subject of increasing fast track courts would be discussed with the chief justice of the Delhi high court and his government would provide all help to make the courts a reality.

“The government is prepared to allocate funds to increase the number of fast track courts,” he said. “We will take help from the chief justice of Delhi.

“We will need to set up many more courts. We need to speed up the legal process… We have the political will. Whatever funds and staff are needed for this, we will provide,” he said.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader said one reason why attacks on women, rapes in particular, were on the rise in Delhi was because criminals had no fear of the law.

“I don’t think all the bad people live only in Delhi, and that people living in places like Kolkata, New York, London or Varanasi are saints. It is just that the fear of law is not there in Delhi.”

In May, the Lok Sabha passed a bill to amend the Juvenile Justice Act under which children who are aged 16 and above will be tried as adults for crimes like rape and murder.

Kejriwal suggested pushing down the age bar to 15.

Kejriwal’s comments came a day after he again demanded control over Delhi Police, which now reports to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and the central home ministry and not to his government.

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In addition to Washington rally, Sister marches took place in multiple cities including New York City, Los Angeles and many more across the world.

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People hold an American flag during the second annual Women's March in Los Angeles, California, Jan. 20, 2018. VOA

By Vishvi Gupta

“Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as ‘being quiet”, says Alexandria Ocaso Cortez, Representative of the Bronx and New York while rallying in the women’s march in New York City.

The United States of America woke up on 19th January and saw thousands of women March for gender equality and bring pressing issues like the partial shutdown, Trump’s border wall and women’s reproductive rights to the light.

‘The crowd stretches so far that there’s no room left to march’ is how the first Women’s March was described when it was first held in 2016. Thousands of women marched together to show solidarity in lieu of  ‘Anti-Trump Sentiments’, a day after Donald Trump swore in as the President.

Women’s March of 2017 inspired millions to run, to vote and dozens to win elections. A women’s wave swept away the U.S. this midterm election, with record number of women being elected as representatives of the house. The wave, however, did not end there and brought together people of different color, races, sexualities and abilities during the rally which took place across the country.

Women’s March Disability Coordinator, Mia Ives-Rublee says,” My hope is to continue to talk about how these different identities interact, how we can support each other, and how its so important that we are able to talk about disabilities, especially in Asian-American Communities”.

This year’s march is different because the organizers of the march are pushing aheead with a solid agenda. There are really specific policy demands which are crafted by a policy table of 50-70 women who are movement and policy experts.

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People carrying signs join hundreds of demonstrators in the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles, Jan. 20, 2018. VOA

Even after the recent disputes surrounding the leaders of the women’s march regarding  the allegations of anti-Semitism, many women turned up not wanting to lose a seat at the table and to make sure that anti-Semitism is something that is addressed.

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In addition to  the Washington rally, Sister marches took place in multiple cities including New York City, Los Angeles and many more across the world.

“We are going to shut down your disrespect of women and girls”, said Women’s Right Attorney Gloria Allerd and stimulated the crowd to: Resist, Insist and Persist.