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Women MPs demand stricter laws to punish rapists in the wake of Hyderabad rape and murder case

The message going out is that state and central government are proving ineffective in keeping women safe,” said Anupriya Patel

New Delhi: As Parliament’s Winter Session reaches its third week, the focus is on the horrific gang rape and murder of a young woman from Telangana — a crime that has left India shaken. Angry MPs interventions were witnessed today in both Houses, and protests are underway in Delhi and Hyderabad.

Opposition members raise their voices over the rape and murder of a woman in Hyderabad. Meanwhile, the members sought immediate debate given the pressing nature of the issue, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that the matter will be discussed after the Question Hour.

As Zero Hour began in the Lok Sabha, Congress’ Uttam Kumar Nalamada Reddy said “This incident took place in the highest security area of Hyderabad. Then came Telangana Home Minister’s shocking comments where he said that she should have contacted the police instead of her family. The police officers insulted the family members by saying that your daughter must have eloped with somebody. One of the reasons behind this incident was the indiscriminate sale of liquor in the Telangana. We condemn the incident and all accused to be hanged.”

TMC leader Sougata Roy says, “The parents had to rush to the police station to find the whereabouts of this young girl. Local administration is callous and Home Minister makes insensitive statements. The House should take cognizance of the matter and the central government should bring forward a law making rape only punishable by death sentence.”

As the lower house vociferously debates crime against women, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says that a new law can be brought in to tackle issues of sexual abuse of women “if the House feels the need.”

“Chief Minister took three days to set up a fast track court to start proceedings in this matter. The message going out is that state and central government are proving ineffective in keeping women safe,” said Anupriya Patel

Hang my head in shame, we should have zero tolerance for such incidents: NCP leader Supriya Sule in Lok Sabha.

On the other hand, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu takes the Chair and the proceedings of the House resumes. “What happened in Hyderabad is a disgrace to our society and values. We should see why such things are happening and we should look for remedial measures. I want all to make suggestions,”.

Venkaiah Naidu said, “No mercy should be given to rapists. No new bill, but political will is required. We should have nipped in the bud already. It’s too late already.”

There was an uproar in Lok sabha on the women’s safety issue and many women MPs voiced in anger against the system.

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