NDA women MPs protest against Delhi gang-rape
Women parliamentarians belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) are staging a protest inside the premises of the Parliament here on Wednesday to raise the issue of safety of the feminine gender in the national capital.
The women parliamentarians stood in front of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi's statue here holding banners in their hands.
BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday said that the Members of Parliament from the main opposition party are deeply agitated over the repeated instances of torture, atrocity on women in Delhi.
"All the ladies members of BJP and NDA will sit on dharna against the Central Government and the Delhi Government in the premises of Parliament over repeated instances of torture and the kind of suffering which the women in Delhi are undergoing over the years without any palpable concrete action by the police and the administration," he added.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who has taken a serious note of the Sunday night's gang-rape in Delhi, has written strong-worded letters to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Gandhi also made a quiet visit to the Safdarjung Hospital last night where the 23-year-old medical student brutally gang-raped by six men in Delhi is battling for her life.
Gandhi, who inquired about the condition of the girl, also met the parents of the victim.
Both houses of Parliament had earlier on Tuesday expressed shock and outrage over the incident.
In a statement in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Shinde said he would ask for the case to be fast-tracked with daily court hearings and announced a special committee to come up with guidelines to offer better protection for women.
"More policemen would patrol the roads at night," he said.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has also urged the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court to open five special fast track courts for cases of rape and assault against women.
Four of the six men who allegedly raped the student have been arrested. One, the driver of the bus in which she was gang-raped and tortured, has been remanded to police custody for five days as the cops attempt to arrest the two men who are still absconding.
The National Human Rights Commission has also issued notices to Home Ministry and Delhi Police and sought a report on the incident within two weeks.