New Delhi, Dec 18: Capital punishment was the only deterrent that prevent brutal rapes like the one which took place in a moving bus here two days ago, said agitated lawmakers in Parliament today.
BJP's Sushma Swaraj, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, led the discussion on the gang-rape of a paramedical student battling for life in the Safdarjung Hospital and demanded death for rapists.
Sushma Swaraj said that the Delhi gangrape is not the only incident. "This has been happening for so long. We need to hang the rapists ... Death penalty is the only punishment for rapists. The victims in such cases never live again. Even if she survives, she'll never be truly alive again," the BJP leader said, referring to the physiotherapist whom the culprits attacked so brutally that surgeons were forced to remove a significant portion of her damaged intestines.
In the Rajya Sabha, an emotional Jaya Bachchan broke down while speaking on the brutal rape and said she was ashamed to be sitting in the parliament.
"First of all, whatever happened? Did the government send any condolence to the family? Did you publicly make any announcement saying we are so sorry something so shameful happened in our country?" she asked.
"Sir, I'm basically an artist and I'm very, very disturbed by it. What is going to happen to her? Everybody will forget but she will remember for the rest of her life. It will be a scar. It's a terrible mental torture. How are you going to repay for this?" she said, her voice choking with emotions.
She paused to wipe away her tears and continued to speak defying the instructions of the deputy chairman.
"Every day, women are getting raped by their fathers, their brothers, their uncles and it's a shame. We are bringing in bills for certain sections of society which are deprived. What about women who bring you into this world? Where is their protection."
"I'm ashamed. I personally feel very, very ashamed that I am sitting in this house and not being able to do anything and I am equally disturbed by the answers that keep coming to this house which are totally incorrect," the actress-MP said.
"So far, I thought we are living in a country where women are considered idols and worshiped. We worship Durga, saying she is the goddess of power. All these ideals have been spoiled because every day, in cities of India, specially Delhi, such incidents occur," she said in hurt and anguished voice.
Congress MP Giriaja Vyas (in LS) described rape as worse than murder since the victims of sexual assault die again and again. "I am ashamed. These rape incidents are happening everywhere, everyday, especially Delhi ... We cannot let this happen in our country. All these rapists are arrested, but then released. They come out and rape again," she noted.
Vyas called for self-defence training to be given to women so that when they go out alone, they can protect themselves. Pointing out that the law and order situation in Delhi had deteriorated, she said, "There has been a laxity in police patrolling. This is a huge security lapse."
In the Rajya Sabha, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati sought stringent action against the culprits in the case. "We need to ensure proper investigation and strict punishment. Just arrests won't help, we need to punish the rapists," the BSP chief said.
Derek O' Brien of the Trinamool Congress observed that rape is a social problem. "Rape is not a women's issue, it is much beyond. It is about men who stop behaving like human beings and start behaving like animals. This is even worse than animals," he said.
BJP's Smriti Irani decried the Delhi Police's failure to provide protection to women. "Even when a girl is molested in Delhi, the police says it's just a molestation, not a rape ... In 36 hours, a 23-year-old and a six-year-old have been raped," she rued.
"I want to ask the government why we are unable to secure women in our capital? I request the Home Minister not to restrict himself to a statement or sound bite," the BJP member added.
Around 9.15 pm on Dec 16, the 23-year-old physiotherapist and her male friend boarded a bus from Munirka in South Delhi as they were in a hurry to reach Dwarka. Some men on the bus not only taunted the duo but also molested the physiotherapist. Her friend tried to stop them but he was thrashed. After raping and stripping the victim, the culprits threw her and her friend out of the moving bus.