Ahmedabad, Oct 12 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Petroleum Dinsha Patel today alleged that women in Gujarat have to take extreme steps to get justice.
Mr Patel was apparently referring to a young woman who had resorted to that mode of protest in Rajkot to draw the attention of the police to the alleged harassment from her in-laws.
Mr Patel was addressing a meeting at Goblej village in Kheda district held to honour the newly appointed chairman of Kheda District Congress Committee Balubhai Jhala.
He alleged that law and order in the state had worsened and instances of rape, abduction, murder, loot and robbery were on the rise.
Mr Patel alleged that prices had skyrocketted to such extend that people might have to light lamps using water this Diwali, as the price of oil had reached beyond reach.
The situation of farmers too is not good with over 450 farmers having had committed suicide, he said adding that the state government had fulfilled only five promises out of the 115 that it had given to the farmers. He alleged that the state was facing huge unemployment problem and 80,000 industrial units had turned sick.