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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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Microsoft and DSCI to Tie up For Programme to Skill Women in Cybersecurity

The programme, spanning three years, will cover locations from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Rajasthan and Telangana

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Microsoft India on Monday partnered with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) to launch a programme aimed at fostering talent and building a pool of women cybersecurity professionals in the country.

As part of the three-year programme, called the “CyberShikshaa”, 1,000 women from underserved communities will be trained in ten locations across the country and offered employment opportunities.

Beginning on Monday, the first phase of the programme will be rolled out across Noida, Patna, Hyderabad and Mohali.

 “CyberShikshaa is significant in more ways than one. It will empower women technologists, ensure a growth driven livelihood for them and increase the participation of women in the industry,” Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said in a statement.

According to NASSCOM, the strength of the women workforce in the IT-ITeS industry currently stands at 34 per cent.

CyberShikshaa will develop a comprehensive ecosystem and evangelise women to harness the opportunities of cybersecurity as a career.

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In addition to establishing a strong training network with competent trainers and infrastructure, it will work to facilitate partnerships amongst government, industry and academia.

“Cybersecurity skills development and enabling growth opportunities to women talent in cybersecurity domain is a key imperative for government and industry,” added Rama Vedashree, CEO at the DSCI

The CyberShikshaa curriculum will comprise an interactive, four-month training course with a combination of theory, case studies and practical hands on projects managed by a group of training partners led by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

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Open to women science graduates between the age of 20-27 years, it will also include mentoring sessions and workshops with industry leaders, soft skills training and technical sessions by Microsoft employee volunteers. Campus interviews will be organised for students on successful completion of the course.

The programme, spanning three years, will cover locations from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Rajasthan and Telangana. (IANS)

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