The centre also came under sharp attack for ‘inaction’ on such issues. The recent incidents of the rape of a Dalit girl in Jind in Haryana and that of a woman constable in Jharkhand was raised by members, who also made references to much publicized rape cases of Delhi and Mumbai. (Agencies)
Incidentally, all these states are ruled by Congress either alone or in alliance with regional parties. As members rued that despite raising such issues at regular intervals in the House, the government has failed to come up with any strong and concrete action.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla said that government was ready for discussion on the issue provided members give notices.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Najma Heptulla said that no judgement has been delivered yet on the South Delhi gangrape case even though it was being heard by a Fast Track Court. "What is the Fast Track Court doing? It's a Slow Track court...I think government should take serious note of this," she said.
She felt that despite the amendments brought in the law to provide stringent punishment to perpetrators of such crimes, the message of a tough legislation has not gone down among such people and ‘they are not scared.’
Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said, "The House is one in condemning this heinous crime (Jind rape case) and would request the Government to ensure that the ‘severest punishment’ be given to the culprits." He said that government should come back to the House to tell what action has been taken.
Praful Patel, who was the only Minister present in the House, said that he will convey the sentiments of the House to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
"Even if it involves any state government, we will ask the Government of India to talk to the concerned state," he said.
The centre also came under sharp attack for ‘inaction’ on such issues. The recent incidents of the rape of a Dalit girl in Jind in Haryana and that of a woman constable in Jharkhand was raised by members, who also made references to much publicized rape cases of Delhi and Mumbai.