Need stringent laws against rape: Mamata

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 13:54 hrs

Amid peaceful protests across the nation demanding justice for the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim who died in a Singapore hospital on Saturday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the provisions of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and Indian Penal Code (IPC) were outdated and the country needed more stringent laws against rape.

Mamata made the comments while reacting to the death of the Delhi rape victim.

"There is need for more stringent laws against those who commit such crimes as the provisions of the IPC and CRPC are very old," Mamata told reporters on Saturday.

"We want the Centre to pass such strong laws that such incidents never occur again. Safeguards could also be incorporated in order to prevent its misuse," she said.

Mamata said a special session of Parliament could be convened on the issue.

"If necessary a special session of parliament can be convened on this and we will co-operate," the CM said.

Mamata said: "The whole nation is shocked. I am also shocked. It cannot be described in words."

Mamata´s All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) quoting the Chief Minister tweeted: "West Bengal CM requests people to be more vigilant so that nobody dares to commit such heinous crimes."

"West Bengal CM asks for stringent punishment for those involved in barbaric and heinous crime like rape," AITMC said.

"Bengal CM will inaugurate new tourist attraction of Kolkata 400 acres Eco Tourism Park. However cultural prog cncld (cancelled) as a mark of respect," it said.

Pertinently, Mamata earlier this year dragged a lot of criticisms for her handling of the infamous Park Street rape case in West Bengal.

The 37-year-old mother of two, belonging to the Anglo-Indian community, had said that she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint inside a moving car after she was given a lift in the vehicle from Park Street area in Kolkata on the Feb 5-6 night this year.

However, Mamata had said that a billowing controversy over the rape and alleged police insensitivity to the incident was a conspiracy fabricated to malign her government.

Party MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar on Friday triggered a fresh controversy when she said the infamous Park Street rape case in West Bengal was not a ´rape case´ but a ´misunderstanding between the lady and her client´, doubting the victim´s character.

"If you´re referring to the Park Street rape, see that is a different case altogether that was not at all a rape case. It was a misunderstanding between the two parties involved between a lady and her client. This was not a rape," Dastidar told CNN-IBN.

The 23-year-old Delhi girl, whose brutal gang-rape on a moving bus on Dec 16 triggered nationwide protests, died in a hospital in Singapore early on Saturday (Indian time 2-15 am) after her vital organs failed.

Large number of people are holding peaceful protests in different cities of the country, including New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, following the death of the braveheart.

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