Khap opposes death penalty for rape

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:40 hrs

As the country demanded for stringent laws to ensure safety for women in the wake of the infamous Delhi gangrape incident, Khaps in Haryana have opposed the demand for death penalty for rapists and said a law should not be introduced in a hurry.

Khap leader Sube Singh told media: "Any new law that gives such harsh punishment would also be vulnerable to misuse."

He said the ´authorities´ should not be carried away by ´emotions´ amid protests over the Delhi gangrape incident.

Khap Panchayats is a council of village elders are generally seen condoning the practice of ´honour killings´ of young couples, who marry outside their caste.

Singh made the comments at a time when protesters continued their agitation against the incident in the national capital New Delhi and demanded better safety for women.

Large number of protesters, mostly students, assembled near the Jantar Mantar observatory here and demanded for strict laws against sexual attacks on women.

At least two people are sitting on a hunger strike at the venue.

One of the agitators sitting on a hunger strike, Babusingh Ram, told media: "We will continue to fight for the girl. I am on hunger strike for the past three days and I will continue till the gang rape victim gets justice."

The All India Students´ Association (AISA) said as many as 1,000 members will stage a demonstration at Connaught Place area in New Delhi on Monday.

India has witnessed massive demonstrations across the country since brutal gangrape incident of the 23-year-old medical student surfaced this month.

India woke up on Saturday to the tragic news of the death of the medical student in a Singapore hospital, finally losing a 13-day-long battle for life after being raped and brutalised by six men on a moving bus in Delhi on Dec 16.

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