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Delhi gangrape: Sushma wants death sentence for crimes against women

Saturday, 22 December 2012 - 6:11pm IST | Agency: PTI
Urges prime minister to convene special session of Parliament for amending the existing law
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BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Saturday urged Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh to convene a special session of Parliament for amending the existing law to provide death sentence for heinous crimes against women.

"I have just spoken to prime minister. I requested PM for a special session of Parliament to frame a law to provide for exemplary punishment for crimes against women," Swaraj said on social networking site Twitter.

The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha claimed that the PM said he will consider this suggestion.

She said the people were "genuinely angry" on the recent brutal rape incident of a 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi and demanded that the perpetrators of such crime be given death sentence.

"I have always maintained that rapist(s) should be punished with death sentence. I have also moved a private members Bill for this," she said.

She said that on December 18, she had already demanded in Lok Sabha that rapists be given death sentence.

Swaraj also spoke to Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath in this regard.

Meanwhile, National spokesperson of BJP, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, said, "BJP supports this agitation which is directed against the Centre and Delhi government."

"People, particularly women, are on agitation path over this worst incident and the need is to stop its recurrence in future," he said in Jammu.

When asked whether BJP supports capital punishment, he said the leadership of BJP inside Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, has demanded that Indian Penal Code should be amended to incorporate rape under the provisions of capital punishment.

Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Jagdish Mukhi alleged that Delhi "has become the rape capital of India."

"Delhi has become rape capital of India under the very nose of the Union home minister," Mukhi said in Jammu.

"The Union home minister controls Delhi, and Delhi police and its commissioner are directly answerable to him. They have failed in their duty," he alleged, adding, "the way incidents of rapes have been taking place in moving buses, cars, hospitals and other places, we condemn it."

"Let us not politicise it. There is an urgent need to change the law and this has been raised in the Parliament; there should be stringent punishment for such crimes and law should be amended to make it stringent," Mukhi said.

"There is an increase in incidents of eve teasing, rapes in Delhi," he said, adding, "for this, the chief minister of Delhi, Delhi police commissioner and Union home minister are responsible."

"We demand stringent law but at the same time want implementation of the present laws in this connection by the security agencies," he said.

—PTI


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