Jaya Bachchan wants rapists lynched

PAR­LIA­MEN­TAR­IAN CALLS FOR THE PERPETRATO­RS TO BE ‘LYNCHED’

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That’s the best jus­tice for the vic­tim, former ac­tress tells par­lia­ment

Hun­dreds of In­dian pro­test­ers took to the streets yes­ter­day as pub­lic anger grew over the bru­tal gan­grape and mur­der of a fe­male vet­eri­nary doc­tor, with one MP call­ing for the perpetrato­rs to be “lynched”.

The demon­stra­tions in New Delhi, Hy­der­abad, Bengaluru and else­where took place as po­lice found the semi-naked body of a six-year-old girl who ap­pears to have been raped and then stran­gled with her school belt in Ra­jasthan.

The spark for the protests was the gang-rape and mur­der by four men of the 27-year-old vet next to a busy road in the out­skirts of Hy­der­abad on Wed­nes­day evening. The men de­flated a tyre on her moped and lured her to a truck yard with the prom­ise of fix­ing it. Po­lice say that the men then raped and mur­dered her be­fore set­ting the body on fire un­der an iso­lated bridge.

The protests yes­ter­day saw demon­stra­tors bran­dish plac­ards with slo­gans such as “We want jus­tice”. Some cov­ered their mouths with black cloth, de­mand­ing that the gov­ern­ment pro­vide se­cu­rity and pun­ish the guilty. “I am out­raged be­cause I don’t want to live with that fear,” Kawal­preet Kaur, a stu­dent at the New Delhi rally told AFP. Other marches were ex­pected later yes­ter­day, in­clud­ing in the east­ern city of Kolkata.

On Satur­day, po­lice used force to dis­perse hun­dreds of pro­test­ers af­ter they tried to storm into a po­lice sta­tion in Hy­der­abad where the four ac­cused were held.

Raped and throt­tled

In par­lia­ment, law­mak­ers yes­ter­day also ex­pressed their an­guish, with Jaya Bachchan, a former ac­tress and now an MP, say­ing the perpetrato­rs should be “brought out in pub­lic and

lynched”.

An­other mem­ber de­manded a sex of­fend­ers’ reg­istry and that rapists be cas­trated, as oth­ers blamed the im­mense back­log of cases in the In­dian le­gal sys­tem for the rise in sex­ual vi­o­lence.

In Ra­jasthan in the west, a 40-year-old man was ar­rested yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of the girl’s body a day af­ter she went miss­ing from her school in a vil­lage near state cap­i­tal Jaipur. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the pre­lim­i­nary report sug­gests that she was raped and throt­tled with her school uni­form belt be­fore be­ing thrown in bushes in a field.

AFP

In the wake of the al­leged rape and mur­der of a 27-year-old vet­eri­nary doc­tor in Hy­der­abad, demon­stra­tors from var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions protest in Ahmed­abad against rapes in Ranchi, Vado­dara, Surat and other re­gions.

Reuters

Peo­ple shout slo­gans dur­ing a protest against the rape and mur­der of a 27-year-old woman in Hy­der­abad.

AP

Univer­sity stu­dents dis­play slo­gans as they walk in a protest rally in Kolkata yes­ter­day.

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