New Delhi: Amidst growing protest against December 16 gang rape incident in national capital, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, said that senior BJP leaders will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday to press for convening special session of Parliament.

"We will request him (President) to ask the government to convene a special session of the Parliament," BJP leader Sushma Swaraj told reporters.

She said the government does not want an all-party meeting on the issue. She also denounced police for "brutally" attacking women and others protesting the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman.

The principal opposition held a meeting of its Core Group and general secretaries on Monday to discuss the "government's attitude" and the huge protests which have followed the incident and decided that its delegation will meet the President.

Swaraj said that it is regrettable that government "does not want to talk" to the Opposition or the protesters. She condemned the police action against the students who were agitating on the issue.

"Since the government has refused to call a special session of Parliament to pass stringent laws to punish those committing crimes against women and also to hold an all-party meeting, we have sought time from President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow to discuss the issue," she said.

The BJP leader lamented that police used tear gas and batons against the protesters, including women.

"Yesterday women were lathicharged ruthlessly by male police personnel. 80 student protesters were admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital," Swaraj said.

She said that the agitation has spread across the country. "If government does not take action, public anger will increase further. Everyday the newspapers are full of crimes against women. This is accumulated anger," Swaraj said.

The BJP leader said that while her party had raised the issues of growing atrocities against women in Parliament recently, there was no response from the government.


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