is drafting a bill proposing 30 years’ jail for rapists and
possible chemical castration. It comes after a 23-year-old woman,
gang-raped in New Delhi, died in hospital, drawing public attention
to an epidemic of violence against women.
victim’s body was transferred from the Singapore hospital where she
died on Saturday back to India for the funeral on Sunday morning.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the head of the ruling
Congress Party greeted the plane carrying the body at the airport.
private cremation ceremony was held under tight security in Delhi a
few hours after the victim’s body arrived in India.
case of the medical student raped two weeks ago in the Munirka area
of Delhi by a group of men has dominated the Indian public forum. The
incident has provoked public outrage, condemning the police and the
government for their inaction on the issue of women’s safety.
response to public uproar, India’s ruling Congress Party is
drafting the new legislation for submission to the Justice Verma
Committee, charged with reassessing current rape laws and suggesting
changing to ensure greater safety for women.
ambulance transporting the body of a gang-rape victim is seen outside
her residence in New Delhi on December 30, 2012. (AFP Photo/Sajjad
document stipulates a maximum jail sentence of 30 years for those
convicted of rape and the introduction of chemical castration as a
punitive measure, writes the Indian Express. The draft legislation
also stipulates a fast-track deadline of 90 days to finish court
the Indian government heard calls from the Bharatiya Janata Party to
hold an emergency parliamentary session to discuss women’s safety
after the death of the 23-year-old woman who was brutally gang-raped
in New Delhi. The medical student, whose identity remains unknown,
was reportedly raped for almost an hour before she and a male friend
were beaten with iron bars and then thrown out of the New Delhi bus
on which she was traveling.
schoolgirl holds a placard with an image of a hanging man during a
rally in Ahmedabad on December 29, 2012, after the death of a
gangrape victim from the Indian capital New Delhi. (AFP Photo/Sam
hold placards during a protest in the western Indian city of
Ahmedabad December 29, 2012. (Reuters/Amit Dave)
took to the streets of the city on Saturday after the news of the
victim’s death in a massive peaceful protest.
men were charged with murder on Saturday in connection with the rape.
If the suspects are convicted of their crimes they will face the
police personnel stand guard at barrier across a closed road in New
Delhi on December 30, 2012, after the cremation ceremony for a
gangrape victim. (AFP Photo/Raveendran)
shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi December 29, 2012.
shameful incident can yield a positive result if only the government
decides to take a quick decision. For this a parliamentary session
should be held immediately where all issues related to the safety of
women should be discussed,” the
party’s national vice-president and Rajya Sabha member Shanta Kumar
said to Indian Express.
to the mass protests sparked by the woman’s death, Kumar said that
the government “has
still not opened its eyes completely” to
the issue of women’s safety.
went on to slam the police, branding entire administration
shout slogans during a protest for a gang rape victim who was
assaulted in New Delhi, in Kolkata December 29, 2012. (Reuters/Rupak
rape case has become the focus of protests across India, rallying for
greater protection for women in Indian society. New Delhi has an
infamous reputation as India’s rape capital, with a report from the
Hindustan Times documenting more than 20 rape cases since December 16
in the city. "We
are aware that this is not the first case, nor will it be the last
case of gang-rape in India, but it is clear that we will not tolerate
sex crimes anymore," said
Bela Rana, a lawyer participating in a Delhi rally to AP.
of gang-rapes often do not come forward to the police in India for
fear of shaming their families or being ignored by police. Moreover,
cases are so widespread that they are rarely covered by the press.
residents Meena Rai (L) and Usharai (R) – neighbours of a
gangrape victim – stand with police personnel outside a
cremation ground in New Delhi on December 30, 2012, after a cremation
ceremony. (AFP Photo/Sajjad Hussain)