Women's security top priority of Maharashtra Govt: Patil
Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil rubbished a media report pertaining to security of women in the state in a section of newspapers today and categorically stated in the Legislative Council that security of women in the state is 'top priority' of the government.
Mr Patil said that whatever published in a section of newspapers today and reported by television channels yesterday pertaining to security of women in the state was 'incorrect' and denied of having made any such statements on the floor of the house while replying to debate on 'Women Security'.
He further said he had gone through video clipping of house proceedings today in the chamber of chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh but he did not come across of having made such statements during the hour-long reply in the house.
Emphasising that security of women in the state is 'top priority' of the government, he said that all the women's issues would be tackled on priority basis.
He further said, 'If he has committed any mistake, he is ready to apologise to the public of the state and ready to face the consequences but why should I offer an apology when I had not done anything wrong.'
Earlier, members Kiran Pawaskar and Ashok Jagtap moved a motion on the floor of house under rule 93 of legislature targeting Leader of the Opposition Vinod Tawde and Shobha Fadanvis for providing incorrect information to the media.
Simultaneously, the opposition members, led by Mr Tawde, also moved a privilege motion against Mr Patil to chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh.
In a bid to prevent the opposition from raking up the issue further, Mr Patil took an initiative and appealed to media persons to publish his statement that women's security is priority of the state government.
It may be recalled that some media had misinterpreted his statement and published that rape cases in the state could not be stopped even if policemen were deployed at every household.
At the end, Mr Deshmukh said decision on both the privilege motions was deferred.
(Posted on 13-06-2014)