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‘Nirbhaya Act’ to be used in Andhra first

Andhra Pradesh will be the first state to implement the Criminal Law (Amendment Act) 2013 or the Nirbhaya Act that safeguards sexual assaults on women. The state government has issued orders for setting up a fast-track court under the law to try eight molesters who killed the mother of a teen age girl in Tenali town in Guntur district on Monday. The incident triggered a wave of protests across the state on Wednesday. The main accused in the case, U. Nagaraju (25), is the son of upper caste local Congress leader U. Janaki Ramachandra Rao and the victim belongs to a schedule caste family. The victim, a BTech student, was walking with her mother in a crowded market place in Tenali at 8 pm on Monday when a gang of youth came out of a bar and started teasing her. When the mother shouted at them and slapped one of the youth, they pushed her on the road and a speeding lorry ran over her. The bar belonged to Nagaraju's father. The local public was enraged over the fact that Tenali Three Town police sub-inspector K. Sambasiva Rao, who was passing through the place when the incident took place, did not stop the miscreants. "This is because Nagaraju is son of a powerful Congress leader," said activist Kathi Padma Rao.

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