The state government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to apply the amended Sections of the IPC, Nirbhaya Act, in the cases of call money scam where money lending is linked to sexual harassment of the female borrowers and the women family members of borrowers.
AP government has decided to establish a special court at Vijayawada seating a special public prosecutor to try the Nirbhaya cases to speed up the trials . Other efforts are also under way to bring in a stringent Act that will regulate money lending, as announced by the Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Mr Naidu made a statement in the Legislative Assembly on the call money issue and said that the government was tad serious about addressing the scam caused by some of the corrupt money lenders.
It was therefore decided to bring in a law that regulates money lending business incorporated in the present session itself.
So far, the police have registered 227 cases across the State, including five cases that involve sexual harassment, along with exorbitant interest rates. In all of the cases, 188 accused subjects have been arrested: they include 65 persons who are affiliated with the YSR Congress, 20 with the TDP, 12 with the Congress, 4 with BJP, 6 with the CPI and 1 with the CPI (M). Cases were also registered against 78 others persons.
The government had ordered a judicial inquiry into the issue and victims with complaints can now approach the judicial commission apart from regular police. “No one will be spared. This is our firm assurance and commitment to the people,” Mr. Naidu asserted in the midst of slogan shouting by the YSR Congress members.
The YSR Congress members opposed to the statement made by the Chief Minister, and claimed that the ruling party wanted to side track a comprehensive debate on the issue in the name of issuing statement.
Opposition leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy quoted the rules and said the statement issued by the Chief Minister or the Minister should let in for clarifications sought by the members.