YSRCP mourns death of rape victim

Press Release

Hyderabad, Dec 29, 2012: Expressing deep anguish over the death of the gang-rape victim, YSR Congress has demanded the Centre to convene a special Parliament session to discuss the question of safety of women in the country. 

“The Centre did not respond in the desired measure in the entire issue and failed to give any assurance for the safety of women. It is imperative that the UPA government convene a special session of Parliament to discuss the issue of women safety and bring out appropriate legislation to check such menace,” party spokesperson Vasireddy Padma told reporters here on Saturday. 

The Government reaction has come only after a torrent of protests by the youth that has shaken the capital, yet there was no meaningful assurance on its part which is unfortunate though the incident has come in for severe condemnation from all quarters, she said, and demanded that issue should be debated in the Parliament which would be a real tribute to the young girl. 

We salute the fortitude of the 23-year girl, who died of cerebral damage and other complications, share the grief of the bereaved family and join the nation in condoling the death of the brave heart who waged a 13-day battle with life , she said. 

The incident need not be seen as a one-off case, but a true tribute to the young girl will be only if a momentous discussion takes place which leads to an action plan that could prevent such incidents and give assurance in the strongest terms on safety of women and drastically cuts down crime against women, she said. 

The reaction of Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dixit or the Centre’s immediate response did not match the gravity of the situation and they came to grips with the situation only after the huge public outcry. Setting up of fast-track court to try this case or appointing a committee will not reflect the commitment of the Government unless it is taken up in the Parliament and debate extensively. 

There is every need to change the police and legal systems in dealing with rape cases and the political attitude needs a overhaul, she said adding that nearly 28,000 rape cases were reported during the past one year and many went unreported due to the stigma. 

Doubts are being raised as why the ailing girl under traumatic conditions sent to Singapore and the Government still seems to be treating this as a law and order issue than going into the roots digging out the social reasons, she said.

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