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.