Lynch the rapists, says Jaya Bachchan, over Telangana rape-murder case
Amid nationwide outcry over the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a young woman in Telangana, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan on Monday argued that those accused of rape must be brought out in public and lynched. Her comments came as both the Houses of Parliament raised the heated issue of the rape-murder of the 26-year-old lady veterinarian, whose charred body was found last Thursday.
On Wednesday night, Dr. Priyanka Reddy was sexually assaulted by four men, and subsequently killed. Her charred body was found under a culvert at Chattanpally Sub Road in Shadnagar, near Hyderabad. Reportedly, her killers first accosted her near the Shamshabad toll plaza, where they had initially offered to help her with the flat tires of her scooter, that was parked in the area.
Raising concerns over the crime and questioning the government, Bachchan said, "I think the people now want the government to give a proper answer. What has happened? How they have tackled it (rape cases)?" "Do you not think the security in-charge should be questioned and they should be asked to give an answer why they were not able to protect that area?" she asked.
In a sharply worded statement, Bachchan opined, "I think these people need to be shamed in front of the entire country. People who have not done their jobs properly. These kind of people (the rape-accused) should be brought out in public and lynched."
Notably, Bachchan wasn't the only MP to speak up strongly over the matter. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Upper House, "To eradicate such acts, there is a need that we take a stand together against such crimes." Meanwhile, AIADMK MP Vijila Sathyananth opined that the accused must be hanged before December 31, adding that a fast-track court should be set up.
In response to the uproar, Union Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha, "Our government is open to every suggestion anyone has to give to curb such heinous crimes. We are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that most stringent rules be implemented."
#WATCH Telangana Home Min on alleged rapemurder case of a woman veterinary doctor: We're saddened by the incident,crime happens but police is alertcontrolling it. Unfortunate that despite being educated she called her sisternot '100',had she called 100 she could've been saved. pic.twitter.com/N17THk4T48— ANI (@ANI) November 29, 2019
To recall, all the four accused in the Priyanka Reddy rape-murder case have since been arrested. They are currently serving a 14-day judicial custody. Meanwhile, three policemen have been suspended for delaying the probe after the victim's disappearance came to light. Importantly, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday directed officials to ensure that the accused are tried in a fast-track court.
Recently, many such harrowing cases, from different parts of the country, have come to the fore. In Rajasthan, a six-year-old girl who went missing on Saturday, was found dead the next day. She was allegedly raped. In another case, a 25-year old woman was gang-raped by a group of armed men in Ranchi. Separately, a 17-year-old girl was gang-raped by six men in Coimbatore.