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Mayawati wants ''severe punishment'' for Delhi gang-rape accused

Mayawati wants ''severe punishment'' for Delhi gang-rape accusedNew Delhi, Dec 18 : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Tuesday called for strict action to prevent incidents of rapes so that no one dares to commit such a heinous crime.

"We need to improve our laws and make them stricter, so that it serves as a deterrent. Not enough to just arrest them, but action should be so strict that no one should dare to act in such a manner," she said.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O'' Brien said ''rape is not a women''s issue, it is much beyond''.

" It is about men who stop behaving like human beings and started behaving like animals. This is even worse than animals," he added.

Smriti Irani of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government and pointed fingers at the Delhi Police for not taking apt action in cases linked to the feminine gender.

"Even when a girl is molested in Delhi, the police says ''it''s just a molestation, not a rape''. You (Speaker) are saying ''time up''; time should be up for these criminals, not MPs discussing these issues. In 36 hours, a
23 year old and a six year old have been raped," said Irani.

"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," she added.

Delhi Police has arrested three of six men who allegedly gang-raped the medical student and beat her brutally in a bus in Delhi on Sunday evening.

The bus driver, identified as Ram Singh, and his brother are among those arrested.

The victim, who is in the capital for her internship, was battling for life at the Safdarjung Hospital where she was rushed late on Sunday night after the incident.

Delhi Police on Sunday said both the victim and her male friend, who had boarded the chartered bus with tinted glass windows from Munirka in South Delhi around 9: 45 p. m. to Palam, were assaulted with an iron rod by the men after the two resisted before they were dumped on the road side near Mahipalpur flyover. (ANI)