Govt hints at death...

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NA­TION -

“The gov­ern­ment will take im­me­di­ate steps for amend­ment of the crim­i­nal law for en­hanced and more ef­fec­tive pun­ish­ment in the rarest of rare cases of sex­ual as­sault,” Shinde de­clared.

Asked if this meant the noose, in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing min­is­ter Manish Te­wari sug­gested the phase "rarest of rare" was only used in a par­tic­u­lar con­text, an oblique ref­er­ence to Supreme Court judg­ments on in­vok­ing the death penalty in the rarest of rare cases of mur­der.

Gov­ern­ment sources in­di­cated the home min­istry didn't want to jump the gun be­fore get­ting le­gal opin­ion and a sense of the sup­port the move would evoke from po­lit­i­cal par­ties. If there are prob­lems, the min- istry could make im­pris­on­ment for the rest of the rape con­vict's life the en­hanced pun­ish­ment.

Urg­ing the protesters to go back home, Shinde said "the gov­ern­ment re­spects the right of le­git­i­mate protest" and that he felt "bad" the po­lice had to use force, but added that what the protesters had done was also seen by all. He promised to in­quire into the po­lice ac­tion, though.The min­is­ter firmly ruled out con­ven­ing a spe­cial ses­sion of Par­lia­ment to dis­cuss the is­sue, a de­mand raised by leader of Op­po­si­tion in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj in a tele­phone call to the PM ear­lier in the day.

"I don't think there is a need for a spe­cial ses­sion, es­pe­cially when Par­lia­ment has con­cluded a ses­sion just a cou­ple of days ago," he said.

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