"They should get worst possible punishment. I can't think what has happened," said cricketer Sourav Ganguly speaking to a Bengali TV channel.
Without mentioning capital punishment, Sourav Ganguly, who was seen earlier rarely commenting on such issues, said the worst punishment should be meted out to the culprits.
With the civil society hitting the streets and political opposition joining the stir over the double gangrape of the 16-year-old girl and her subsequent death from burn injuries near Kolkata on Tuesday, the ruling Mamata Banerjee government on Thursday set out to quell the embers saying it would provide all help to the family of the victim, punish the culprits and pursue its policy of zero tolerance to crime against women.
Police said the girl was pregnant.
Besides political opposition like the Left Front attacking the government and the intellectuals holding street protests, the National Commission for Women in New Delhi also turned the heat on the Mamata government saying the Chief Minister should have taken the issue seriously and acted at the right time to prevent the death.
The girl from Bihar, who staying with her parents in Madhyamgram near Kolkata in North 24 Parganas, died after she was allegedly set ablaze by the accused while earlier reports said she had committed suicide. In her dying statement she said she was set on fire.
"The state government will provide financial assistance to the family. We reiterate our commitment for zero tolerance [to attack on women]," said West Bengal Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra in a press briefing at Nabanna, the new state secretariat in Howrah.
"All the six accused against whom there are allegations have been arrested. Scientific analysis and urgent steps are taken in such cases, so that culprits can be punished quickly," he said.
He said all the accused are in jail custody and they are being charge-sheeted in 55 days and would be given exemplary punishment.
He said the family was protected by the police.
Earlier, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the Kolkata gangrape victim's family. The Left Front also came up with financial assistance to the victim.
--IBNS (Posted on 03-01-2014)