Rajya Sabha members condemn Delhi rape

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Rajya Sabha members across party lines Tuesday condemned the gang-rape of a young woman on a moving bus in Delhi, and sought strict action against the culprits.

After the upper house of parliament lost its question hour to protests over the incident, anger and emotion filled the house with angry MPs telling the government to ensure that no such incident takes place again.

Raising the issue, BJP member Maya Singh said there should be no legal recourse for such criminals.

"I want to present a proposal. There should be toughest punishment for them and no one should argue their case," she said.

Her party colleague Najma Heptullah demanded capital punishment for rapists "so that people are afraid".

BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde should take responsibility.

"Home minister should take moral responsibility and assure the house that such an incident will not happen again," Naidu said.

Congress member Renuka Chowdhary suggested that all woman MPs should go and meet the Delhi chief minister and the city police commissioner.

"How did these criminals think they can get away after doing this? The police, who are there to protect us, whose business it is to make us feel safe, they should make sure fear continues," she said.

"I suggest women MPs should meet the commissioner of police and Delhi chief minister to work out an action plan whereby such incidents do not happen again," she said.

Earlier, the house was adjourned twice during the question hour over the incidents with opposition demanding a statement from the home minister.

The incident occurred Sunday night when the 23-year-old woman with her male friend boarded a private bus after watching a movie to go from Munirka to Dwarka.

The woman, who was gang-raped by at least seven men and thrown off the moving bus along with her friend, is critical and on ventilator support at a hospital here.

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