New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As the issue of gruesome rape and murder of a Hyderbad veterinarian echoed in both the Houses of the Parliament with MPs demanding strict action against the culprits, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that the government was ready to make stringent provisions to deal with such heinous crime.

Responding to a discussion during Zero Hour in the wake of the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad, Singh said he was falling short of words to condemn the heinous crime.

“This act has brought shame to the entire country. It has hurt everyone. The accused must be given the most stringent punishment for their crime,” he said in the Lower House.

"To control and eliminate such crimes against women, we are ready to make the kind of law which the entire House agrees to," Singh added. 

The statement by Singh came after members cutting across party lines raised the issue and questioned the security of women in the country. While several MPs demanded death penalty for the accused in the Hyderabad veterinarian’s rape-murder case, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan went on to suggest that the perpetrators be lynched in full public view. 

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“These types of people (the rape accused in the Telangana case) need to be brought out in public and lynched,” Bachchan said in the Upper House.

“I think it is time the people now want the government to give a proper and a definite answer,” she added. 

Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said that many legislations had been enacted in the past to deal with such heinous crimes but it was time for people from across society to rise against such acts of brutality.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said the incident that took place in Hyderabad was a total disgrace to all the principles of humanity."What happened in Hyderabad is a total disgrace to all principles of humanity and highly condemnable," Naidu said.

The uproar in both the Houses continue as thousands of people, including students, across the country are holding protesting demanding death penalty for the accused in the case. 

The veterinary doctor, who works in a state-run hospital, was raped and killed by the four accused, all lorry workers, on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Thursday night.

The four accused, aged between 20 and 24 years, were arrested on Friday and sent to 14-day judicial custody on Saturday.

Her younger sister, in a complaint lodged with police, said she got a call from her sister at 9.22 pm on Wednesday stating that she was stranded at a toll plaza after someone told her that her scooter had a flat tyre and offered to help her.

The incident is a grim reminder of the 2012 gangrape-murder of a girl in Delhi -- the infamous Nirbhaya case -- which had left the entire nation in shock. The top court had, on July 9, 2018, dismissed the pleas filed by three of the four convicts, seeking a review of its verdict upholding the death penalty awarded to them. The fourth death row convict, Singh (32), did not file a review petition against the apex court's May 5, 2017 judgment.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta