Delhi rape: BJP to meet President tomorrow
As the national capital witnessed protests against the Delhi gangrape case, India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said it will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday and ask him to direct the government to convene a special session of the Parliament to discuss the issue.
"Senior BJP leaders will meet the President on Tuesday on the gangrape issue.We are going to request him to ask the government to convene a special session of the Parliament," BJP leader Sushma Swaraj told reporters on Monday.
Swaraj said she had suggested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that a special session of the Parliament should be convened to discuss the matter.
She said she had also suggested Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to call an all-party meeting on the issue.
"We regret to say that both our suggestions were rejected," Swaraj said.
Meanwhile, as protests sweep New Delhi over the gangrape and brutalization of a medical student on a moving bus, the Prime Minister on Monday reassured action and made an emotional appeal for the second time to people to maintain peace in the wake of Sunday's protester-cop clashes that left more than 140 people, including nearly 80 policemen injured.
Speaking to the nation in televised message, Singh said: " As the father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you."
"My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime. We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time," he said.
"I feel deeply sad at the turn of event leading to clashes between protesters and police forces," he said adding that though the anger was justified, violence would serve no purpose.
Singh assured that the government would take all measures to ensure the security and safety of women.
"I appeal to all sections of the society to maintain peace and help us in our efforts," he said.
The BJP on Monday said the Prime Minister's televised message failed to give 'assurances' to the people of the country.
"The PM finally spoke but he did not give assurances to the country," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told media.
"The BJP had given positive suggestions that there should be one week Special Parliament Session and there should be all-party meeting..Instead of accepting it, they (government) are rejecting it as if this is something against the government.
"We showed them the way but they are not ready to follow it. The government is not able to understand the anger of people," he said.
While the national capital erupted in anger and violence over the brutal gangrape of the Delhi girl, the victim's father too has appealed for peace to everyone.
Speaking to some TV channels, the father of the girl, who is again put on ventilator at Safdarjung Hospital, said his daughter is a fighter and would survive the attack.
"My daughter is a fighter all her life. She is brave and she will survive the ordeal. Pray for her health," said the father of the girl, a 23-year-old medical student who was subjected to gruesome torture inside the bus on the night of Dec 16 when she was returning home after a film show with a male companion.
The girl's father also appealed for calm to the protesters who fought pitched battles for days with the Delhi Police with the protest turning violent on Sunday at the India Gate.
Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital, where she is being treated, said though the victim was conscious and responding to treatment, they were worried about the infection in her blood.