Azmi on the sidelines of a fundraising programme in Kolkata said, "I would like to condemn the horrible incident of gang rape of a photo journalist in the middle of the day in a city like Mumbai which we were always so proud of."
"People do not have the fear instilled in them that law and order will actually click. This is very shocking and must be dealt with the severest punishment possible," she said.
The Mumbai Police has nabbed all the five accused with the arrest of the fifth attacker from New Delhi on Sunday even as the 22-year of photojournalist subjected to the assault reportedly said she would want to go back to work since "rape is not the end of life".
The photojournalist was gangraped when she entered Shakti Mill in Central Mumbai on Thursday last as the assailants held back her colleague by tying him up.
Commenting on the remarks by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray blaming the rise in migrants responsible for the increasing number of crimes against women in the state, Azmi said, "Instead of passing such hasty comments, I would like to request them not to politicise the event and instead make sure that each one of us as active citizens participate in whatever solutions are required to change the mindset that uses rape as a matter of power and subjugation."
Azmi further demanded that the state should increase more women police and make the court trials faster.
--IBNS (Posted on 26-08-2013)