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United for a cause: BJP, Cong want tougher action in child rape cases

United for a cause: BJP, Cong want tougher action in child rape cases
The shock over gruesome rape and brutality of a five-year-old girl resonated in the Rajya Sabha on Monday with members cutting across party lines pressing for stern action, including death penalty, to deal with such crimes even if it needs a relook at the new anti-rape law. Initiating the debate, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Maya Singh referring to the latest rape incident in East Delhi and said the accused should be given immediate death penalty without going through a lengthy court trial.

‘It is proved that the person has done it (crime). Still, a case will be registered and tried in court. It is a lengthy process. We should immediately award him death penalty. Such people should be hanged,’ said Singh. Blaming the Delhi Police for failing to tackle such crimes in the city, Singh said that enacting laws in Parliament alone is not sufficient, it is necessary that the law is implemented in full spirit. ‘Who is ruling the roost and who is going to take action?’, said Singh.

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav  attributed such incidents to exposure to western culture, movies, vulgar advertisements on television and the erosion of value system in the society. V Maitreyan of AIADMK lashed out at the government for the rising crime graph against women saying ‘the government does not have the will’ to implement the law in letter and spirit. He said the anti-rape law, passed recently, was drafted in haste by the government to deflect attention from the flak it was facing following the Delhi gangrape incident last December.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati stressed that there is a need to rise above party politics to curb rising rape incidents, while seeking police reforms and time-abound action against culprit. ‘In other cities also, atrocities on women are increasing. We should rise above party politics to stop this crime,’ said Mayawati. The BSP chief said police reforms are required for effective enforcement of law. ‘We have laws, but not implemented in right perspective. Lot of improvement is needed in police,’ said Mayawati.

Prabha Thakur of Congress  demanded that the accused should be hanged and an all-party meeting called on this issue. She also took a dig at BJP saying, that In Madhya Pradesh, criminals are not caught.


LAW ALONE CAN’T PREVENT RAPE: MEIRA KUMAR

Expressing anguish over the rape of a five-year-old girl in the capital, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Monday said law alone cannot prevent such incidents and called for a change in attitude of people and society. ‘Law alone cannot, however, prevent such incidents. A change in the attitude of people and society only will check such inhumane crimes against children and women,’ Kumar said making a reference to the gang rape of a five-year-old by ‘senseless persons’.
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