Delhi gang-rape: 'Sonia should act, not demand action', says Sushma
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday lashed out at Sonia Gandhi, saying the UPA chairperson should act firmly in the case involving the rape of a medical student and not demand action.
Swaraj said it is very unfortunate that the criminals here have no fear of the Delhi Police.
"I was extremely surprised when I saw in the TV that Sonia demands immediate action. Soniaji's role is not to demand action, but to act. She has her own government. It should be that 'Sushma demands action, Sonia promises immediate action'. So, we were hoping that she would promise some action and some action would have been taken as of now," said Swaraj.
"But it is extremely distressing that those who are running the government are also demanding action. Delhi Police comes under the direct charge of the Central Government and not the Delhi Government. So, the responsibility here rests with the Home Ministry," she added.
Swaraj, who is the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, said the gang-rape case should be held in a fast track court.
"I had yesterday demanded that the guilty should be hanged. But I am once again repeating it that this case should be held in a fast track court and the decision should be taken in 30 days," she added, while emphasizing that a message should be given to all that unfortunate incidents such as these would not be tolerated in the near future.
BJP leader Smriti Irani, who was also present during the protest, demanded harsher punishment for the accused.
A host of other women BJP MPs, including Najma Heptullah and Maya Singh, who have also joined the protest here are demanding death sentence for the accused.
Training guns at the Delhi Police for acting slow in cases like these, the BJP women MPs here raised slogans that the country would not tolerate the insult to the feminine gender.
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.
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.