Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Home minister Mekathoti Sucharita visited the house of the girl who was murdered by a jilted lover and expressed her condolences. She also handed a cheque of Rs. 10 lakh to the family and assured strict action against those responsible for the crime.

The body of 17-year-old Varalakhshmi was found with her throat slit at Gajuwaka on Saturday night. She was reportedly killed by Akhil Sai.

Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy has introduced the Disha Bill to curb atrocities against women, the minister said, adding as per the Act, inquiry will have to be completed within 14 days of the offence and stringent action will be taken against the culprits. Protection would be provided to the victim's family and bind-over cases would be booked against the parents of the accused, the minister said.

After the Disha Bill was passed, a court awarded death sentence to the accused for murdering a minor girl murder in Chittoor within seven months with the government's intervention. Similarly, another person accused of murdering a minor girl in Vijayawada was awarded a death sentence within four months of committing the crime, Ms. Sucharita said. So far, inquiry into 390 such cases have been completed within seven days and 108 accused awarded punishment, she further added.

Women and girls should download the Disha app and the AP Police Seva apps, she said, adding that the Chief Minister has advised the collectors and SPs to conduct special drives to create awareness about the app among women. So far, 11 lakh women have already downloaded the apps. All school children would be asked to download the apps as part of a special drive, she said.

Satya Gurunath, the father of the murdered girl, expressed confidence that the government would do justice to the family. Disha special officers Krutika Shukla and Deepika Patil, district collector Vinay Chand, and Gajuwaka MLA Tippala Nagi Reddy were among those present.

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