New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Saturday said people were "rightly angry" over the gang rape of a paramedic student and called for "very stringent" laws to ensure safety of women.

Kumar said the death of the gang rape victim had shaken the conscience of the entire country and that her sacrifice should lead to the creation of "a new India, a new society where women are respected".

"Then only all this upsurge, all this anger, all this anguish will have some meaning. We should be able to turn this in creating a new India," the Speaker said.

"Laws should be made very stringent to instill fear and to act as a deterrent. All institutional mechanisms, all steps should be taken to ensure that women are safe," she said.

Kumar replied in the negative when asked whether the protests in the capital and elsewhere indicated to a disconnect between the political class and the common man.

Terming the Delhi gangrape as a "gruesome and heinous" incident, Kumar said she would have been very sad if the anger among the people had not erupted.

"Yes, they are angry and they are rightly angry. And we should, without any delay, start taking action as they want," she said.

Kumar said she would have been "very sad" if the anger of the people would not have erupted.

"Rightly so, I would have been very sad if this anger wouldn't have erupted, wouldn't have come out and people would not have come on the street. They have come out very angrily. We should understand their anger, we should not say they are angry...," she said. Kumar said the incident of gang rape in the capital had overwhelmed the entire country for the last fortnight.

"We have been under extreme pain. Not only the people of Delhi but people all over the country have been undergoing great agony," she said.

Recalling her meeting with the girl's parents, the Lok Sabha Speaker said she admired them for their progressive views.

Noting that the girl was from a lower middle class family, she said it was laudable that the family had spent their meagre resources on the education of their daughter.

"In such sections of the society, the meagre resources of the family are not spent on the education of the daughter but that of the son. They had sold a small portion of their land to educate their daughter to make her a doctor," Kumar said. "The sacrifice of this girl has shaken the conscience of the entire country. Her passing away is not the end of this episode," she said.

"It is the beginning of another chapter, her sacrifice should not go waste. It should create a new India, a new society, where women are respected; there is no violence on women, where they are not insulted, where they are not deprived of their right in property, they are not burned on in the name of dowry and where there are no honour killings," Kumar said.


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