Sushma Swaraj demands capital punishment for rapists

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 07:57 hrs

New Delhi: Amid massive outrage over the rape of a 23-year-old on a moving bus in Delhi, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday demanded capital punishment for the rapists.

"It's a shame if you can't be safe at 9: 30 p.m. in Delhi. The government must take stern action, the rapists should be hanged," she told the Lok Sabha.

The senior BJP leader further demanded that Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde should make a statement on the issue.

The BJP has moved notice for suspension of Question Hour demanding a discussion on the horrific incident of rape with a medical student.

The Home Minister is likely to make a statement with regard to this case later in the day.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit earlier on Monday promised crackdown on those accused involved in the alleged gang rape.

Dikshit said the license of the private bus operator has been cancelled.

"We will take stern measures to ensure such that incidents aren't repeated. The government will act tough and those behind the tragic incident will not be spared," she added.

In yet another shocking incident of crime against women in Delhi, the medical student was allegedly raped and brutally assaulted by four men who also attacked her male friend and threw both of them out of the vehicle.

Delhi Police has arrested three of six men who allegedly gang-raped the medical student and beat her brutally in a bus in Delhi on Sunday evening.

The bus driver, identified as Ram Singh, and his brother are among those arrested.

The victim is in the capital for her internship, was battling for life at the Safdarjung Hospital where she was rushed late on Sunday night after the untoward incident.

Delhi Police on Sunday said both the victim and her male friend, who had boarded the chartered bus with tinted glass windows from Munirka in South Delhi around 9: 45 p.m. to Palam, were assaulted with an iron rod by the men after the two resisted before they were dumped on the road side near Mahipalpur flyover. 

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