Rape: BJP calls for special session

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:54 hrs

India's main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday reiterated its demand for a special session of the Parliament in order to strengthen laws against sexual attacks on women.

"Time has come to call a special session of the Parliament or at least during the Budget session, we should take steps to make laws against sexual harassment pertaining to women safety more stringent," BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said while addressing a memorial meeting for the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim here.

"In 2013, if we can take such measures then we will be able to say that the victim´s balidan (sacrifice) did not go in vain. She died but she was able to save thousands of girls in the country," she said.

"I asked the Prime Minister to call a special session (of the Parliament). But my demand was rejected. I also asked them to call an all-party meet but that was also rejected," Swaraj said.

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.

Her death left the nation in a state of mourning and churning as the collective anger of people found new expressions in clamour for change and justice.

The Delhi woman, whose ordeal triggered nationwide protests, died in the hospital in the Singapore early on Saturday (Indian time 2-15 am) after her vital organs failed.

The body of the victim was cremated within hours of its landing in the national capital New Delhi.

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