Outrage in House over Hyderabad horror

Debate over sterner laws; MPs seek death penalty, lynching, castration of convicts

Ravi S Singh & Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 2

Both Houses of Parliament today expressed concerns over the spurt in incidents of rape and murder of women, even as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the government was willing to make laws more stringent to check such cases.

Both Houses took up discussion on the issue during “zero hour”. Members expressed outrage over the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad recently.

Cutting across party lines, members demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits, including castration and capital punishment. “We are ready for discussions in the House so that stringent legal provisions could be explored to give punishment to those involved in such ghastly incidents,” Rajnath Singh said while responding to the discussion in the Lower House.

In the Upper House, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, sharing concerns of members, observed that culprits in such cases took advantage of the legal provisions regarding consideration of age (juvenile), appeal and petition for mercy to attenuate court’s verdict against them.

While Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad maintained such incidents should not be seen through the prisms of politics and religion, Samajwadi Party’s Jaya Bachchan demanded public lynching of the four accused. CPI leader Binoy Vishwam said although he was not in favour of capital punishment, he wanted the culprits to be hanged. DMK member P Wilson demanded surgical and chemical castration of the culprits.

‘Open to stricter laws’

We are ready for debate in House so that stringent legal provisions be explored to punish those involved in ghastly acts. — Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister

‘Nothing to do with age’

Time has come for polity to consider whether the law be re-visited… What has age to do with such crimes? — Venkaiah Naidu, RS chairman

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