On Tuesday 18 December,¬†Parliament witnessed outrage over the gangrape of a para-medic student in the capital with a united Opposition stalling the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha demanding an immediate statement by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on the issue.
In the Lok Sabha, members led by Shahnawaz Hussain (BJP) raised the matter and demanded suspension of the Question Hour.¬†But, members took their seats after Speaker Meira Kumar assured them that they would be allowed to raise it during the Zero Hour.¬†“This is a serious issue. This is a heinous act. I will allow you to raise the matter during Zero Hour,” Kumar said.
Lok Sabha member and BJP MP Sushma Swaraj demanded a death penalty for the culprits. “The 23-year-old girl was with a male friend and it was not too late either. It was 9.30 pm. And if a woman is not safe even then, then it is a shame. If this girl survives, she will be a living dead. These people should be given capital punishment,” she said.
In Rajya Sabha, soon after Chairman Hamid Ansari condoled the death of over a 1,000 people in a cyclone in Philippines, almost all Opposition members were on their feet raising the issue and the law and order situation in Delhi.
M Venkaiah Naidu (BJP) said his party has given a notice for suspension of Question Hour to discuss the incident.
Ansari, at that point, allowed Maya Singh (BJP) to make a brief statement.¬†She said that Sunday’s gangrape had crossed all limits and raised a grave question on the safety of women and law and order situation in the national capital.¬†Singh wanted the Home Minister to immediately come to the House and make a statement.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla rose to make a submission but was not allowed to speak by the Opposition members who persisted with their demand.
“We all are equally upset and distressed over what happened,” Ansari observed, adding that the issue was discussed at the morning meeting and it was agreed that the matter would be taken up at noon.¬†Amid uproar, he adjourned the House for 15 minutes.
The women members of the BJP have stated that they will stage a dharna on Wednesday 19 December.
On Tuesday, the Delhi government announced that fast track courts are likely to be set up to ensure speedy justice to the victims. Mukesh Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, said that the Delhi Cabinet is expected to take up a proposal on the matter soon.
Meanwhile, the victim is still on ventilator support in the ICU of¬†Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi¬†and her condition is critical.¬†She has reportedly suffered severe abdominal, genital and head injuries.
(With inputs from PTI)