Even as MPs blamed globalisation,western influence and poor policing for rising crime against women,Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the government will wait for the inquiry report acting against policemen. Making a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha,Shinde gave details of the incident in Gandhi Nagar area of East Delhi on April 15 and the investigations conducted so far.
He said the Station House Officer and the Investigating Officer have been suspended taking note of the lapses.JCP (Vigilance) Praveer Ranjan has been asked to conduct an inquiry. He shall inquire into the allegation that the police paid some money to the father of the victim to hush up the case, Shinde said in the statement that was laid in the House. The victims parents had alleged that some police personnel had offered them Rs 2,000 to keep quiet over the issue.
During a discussion in the Rajya Sabha,MPs wanted the government to take stern measures,including death penalty to curb incidents of crime against children. BJP leader Maya Singh,who mooted the debate,said the accused should be given immediate death penalty without going through a lengthy court trial.
It is proved that the person has done it (crime). Still,a case will be registered and tried in court. It is a lengthy process. We should immediately award him death penalty. Such people should be hanged, she said seeking a re-look at the anti-rape Bill to make it more tough.
SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav attributed such incidents to exposure to western culture,movies,vulgar advertisements on television and the erosion of value system in the society. However,MP Javed Akhtar contested the claim. There are over 8,000 cinema theatres in southern states of the 14,000 cinema halls in the country,but crime against women is the lowest in south, he said.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said India rubs shoulder with other big countries in G-20 meetings but women safety is lowest here. He urged the government not to take the current Delhi rape case in a piecemeal manner.
BSP leader Mayawati did not lose a chance to target SP government highlighting poor law and order and demanding Governors rule citing reports of atrocities against women and particularly those from SC/ST.
During the first half of the Budget session,a strong law was brought in to stop the incidents of rape. But incidents of rape are increasing… the subject is serious and we should not hesitate to amend it, she said. The BSP chief said police reforms too are needed.