Sushma Swaraj asked if there was any time frame for prosecuting the guilty and pointed out that those guilty in the December 16 gang-rape in Delhi last year had not been sentenced yet.

She also said that after the December 16 gang-rape case, there were several gang-rape cases reported. "We are not able to hang any of the brutes," she said.

"You hang one or two of these beasts fast ... and these incidents will stop," Sushma Swaraj said as several members thumped their desks in agreement.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the Maharashtra government would do its utmost to finish the probe and prosecute the accused fast. Shinde said, "The government of Maharashtra will do its utmost to complete the investigation in the crime and prosecute the accused under law expeditiously."

He said that he has spoken to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and was assured the case would be tried in a fast track court.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh assured early justice for the young photojournalist who was gang-raped by five men in an abandoned textile mill complex on August 22. "Our priority is to collect the evidence and file the chargesheet as soon as possible," he said.

The 22-year-old photojournalist was gang-raped by the five men when she was on an assignment for an English magazine and had gone to a desolate area in central Mumbai to take pictures of the abandoned factories. Her male companion was also attacked by the accused. The young woman is in hospital after suffering serious injuries.


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