New Delhi, Aug 23: The Parliament , which is currently in session, was taken by a storm over the gangrape of a 22-year-old photojournalist by five men inside a defunct mill in southern Mumbai on Thursday evening.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said the incident was unfortunate and a strict action should be taken. She said the Parliament has passed a stringent law and it should help in punishing the law. The rulers faced a huge protest in the wake of a gangrape and brutal assault of a young woman in New Delhi in December last year and legal steps were taken to deal with crime against women sternly. The victim, however, died in Singapore two weeks after the incident.
Opposition BJP, which has been cornering the UPA government in the ongoing monsoon session of the Parliament, also criticised the incident and said it was worrying to see that such crimes are also taking place in a city like Mumbai, known for its safe conditions.
BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy appealed to the Mumbai Police to nab the culprits at the earliest while women leaders of the party like Najma Heptullah and Smriti Irani said that the government should act more responsibly to protect women.
Other parties also condemned the incident.
National Commission for Women Chairperson Mamta Sharma also expressed concern over the incident.