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Delhi gang-rape rocks India

MPs spar in parliament, demand death penalty; 4 arrested

There has been an uproar in India's parliament yesterday over the gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a city bus in the capital, Delhi.

MPs from all parties have expressed their horror at the incident which has caused outrage in the country.

Police said they have arrested four people, including the bus driver, and are looking for two more people.

The student and her male friend were beaten, stripped and thrown out of the bus on Sunday evening.

They have been admitted to hospital, where the woman remains in a critical condition.

Yesterday, angry MPs in both houses set aside their regular business to discuss the gruesome rape case and demanded strict punishment for those who carried out the attack.

Senior leader of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party Sushma Swaraj called for the death penalty for rapists.

"What is the government doing to curb rape cases in the capital?" she asked. "The rapists should be hanged, we need tougher laws to stop rapes," she said in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament.

"I speak for the house when I ask the government to take the strongest measures to curb such incidents," Speaker Meira Kumar said.

In the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, MPs also demanded strict action against rapists.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde vowed to make the city safer for its women.

He said a new committee, headed by the home secretary, "will evaluate what needs to change, based on suggestions made in parliament by the MPs".

The minister said he would propose to "have this case tried by a fast-track court so that this case does not linger".

Delhi's rape figures are far higher than other Indian cities of comparable size, correspondents say.

According to official statistics, 572 rapes were reported in Delhi last year. Police say they have registered 635 rape cases this year.

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All SAARC nations must introduce capital punishment law for this kind of crimes.

: Shafique ullah

Hanged??? NO!! They should be castrated a let to live. That, sir, would be punishment. Death is 'mukti' from this hellish world anyway!

: javed helali

Comments

  • Nehleen
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:23 AM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    This case has not just rocked India, after seeing the news even some people in my country are immensely shocked, terrified. Since, such incidents take place in Bangladesh too and for some reason, these incidents have similar ending. For example, people not protesting enough, the case is dragged and then forgotten, victim is blamed and the perpetrator getting away with the crime. My only point to comment on this news is that, we are looking up to the Government of India to take an immediate and strict action, set an example of justice and induce terror among the hyenas who commit such act. My prayers for the victim to recover from her frail condition.

  • toushar
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 01:17 PM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    The Offenses has committed step by police. The police have to arrest offender. The Indian govt measure policy adds to act. Therefore it is prayed that honor would be kindly enough to step by police.

  • OpeeMonir
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 01:28 PM GMT+06:00 (70 weeks ago)

    The rapist raped the girl and we demand death sentence and huge compensation to her family; but what about the MPs who rape the nation almost every day in the name of the politics and their dirty horrendous differences.


 

 


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