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, Dr. Priyanka Reddy was gang-raped, strangled and burnt
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.
The government should give a definite answer, said Bachchan
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.
The accused should be brought out publicly and lynched: Bachchan
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."
Many Opposition leaders spoke out strongly over the matter
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.
Government open to suggestions against such crimes: Rajnath Singh
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."
Previously, Telangana Home Minister had shamefully resorted to victim-blaming
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