Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj on Monday called for hanging of a few rapists expecting that it would act as a deterrent to others. Swaraj's comments came in the backdrop of the recent gang rape of a 22-year photojournalist in Mumbai.
Swaraj observed that Parliament has passed stringent anti-rape law with the expectation that the rape cases would be decided. "I feel sad that the Damini case (Delhi gang rape case in December 2012) has not been decided yet. The home minister said that Mumbai case has been dealt expeditiously. Is there any time limit to it?" she said.
Earlier, in his statement to the House on the rape incident, home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde maintained that the public order and the police are subjects exclusively dealt with by the States. "The State Government of Maharashtra will do its utmost to complete the 26.08.2013 investigation of the crime and prosecute the accused under law expeditiously."
Several other MPs also expressed concerns and Swaraj felt that if fast track court decides on these cases and if "one or two rapists are hanged" such incidents can be stopped. Another MP drew the attention over rape of a 20-year old girl in Jharkhand.
JD(U) raps BJP for being silent on asaram
Estranged ally JD(U) criticised Swaraj for being silent on "rape by a sadhu"-an apparent reference to Asaram Bapu. "There is a sadhu. He is making a mockery across the country. You did not mention anything on him. He has raped a minor. His punishment would send the real message," Sharad Yadav said in the Lower House on Monday.
Swaraj chose not to reply. Later, home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, "As far as the matter related to Asaram Bapu is concerned or that of Jharkhand, these are matters concerning the respective states."