Gangrape case: Culprits to be tried by fast-track court; victim 'battling for life'
New Delhi: The Parliament of India witnessed emotional outburst by several MPs including actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan who said she was 'terribly disturbed' and in a state of shock and helplessness over the incident. Two days after the brutal incident, the victim is still battling for her life in Safdarjung Hospital. "She continues to be serious. She has responded to us once in the last 12 hours and that is a good sign, but we cannot rule her out of danger. She remains on ventilator," said Safdarjung Hospital medical superintendent BD Athani in the morning.
The medical superintendent later informed in the evening that, "Her condition is critical and deteriorating. In the morning, she was better but, in the evening, the situation fluctuated and her health deteriorated."
On Tuesday, angry MPs in both the Houses set aside their regular business to discuss the gruesome rape case and demanded strict punishment for rapists. Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj demanded death penalty for rapists.
Taking cognizance of anger and indignation of MPs in both the Houses, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde announced formation of a special task force for the safety of women in Delhi and also to initiate steps to make the capital safer for women. The Union home minister also said the Sunday's gangrape and assault case would be tried by a fast-track court and the culprits involved in the heinous crime will be punished severely.
Shinde, who vowed to make the capital safe for women, said the government proposes to have the case “tried by a fast-track court, with a request for day-to-day hearing, so that the trial does not linger”. Besides, a special task force will be constituted to look into the safety of women in Delhi, taking into consideration suggestions made by members.
In the meanwhile, angry students and parents protested outside Vasant Vihar police station. Many of them even symbolically threatened to set on fire the police station for police inaction in this case.