Gang-rape case: ''Govt. working towards making a new law as deterrent'', says Dikshit

Gang-rape case: ''Govt. working towards making a new law as deterrent'', says DikshitShimla/New Delhi, Dec 22 : As protests demanding justice for the 23-year-old gang-rape victim intensified in the national capital and other parts of the country, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said that her government and the Centre will work to make a new law, which will act as a deterrent.

"I don''t feel helpless, we have to find a solution. The government in Centre and the state will work to make a law, which will act as a deterrent," she told mediapersons in Shimla.

"A change should be brought about in society, I will start a huge awareness campaign," she added.

Meanwhile, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today called Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and asked for speedy and appropriate action on the issue of women security.

Home Minister Shinde also met the Prime Minister at the latter''s official 7, Race Course Road residence in New Delhi to brief him about the prevailing situation following massive protests over the brutal gang-rape.

The Prime Minister has asked Home Minister Shinde to ensure that there is sense of security among the people in the national capital.

Dr. Singh asked Shinde to take all adequate steps to stop recurrence of rape events.

According to certain media reports, the Centre is expected to set up a commission of inquiry on women''s safety.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chhaya Sharma today informed that all the six accused of the gang-rape have been arrested.

"Even the last person, named Akshay Kumar Singh alias Thakur has been arrested from Aurangabad and he is being brought here today and he will be produced in court," she said.

Meanwhile, widespread protests are on in the national capital against the gang rape. Hundreds of protestors have gathered at India Gate and near the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi demanding tougher punishment for rapists and safety for women.

Police fired tear gas shells and used water cannons to disperse the protesters who tried to breach barricades to push towards Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The government has appealed the protesters to calm down and not resort to violence.

Doctors attending to the victim at the Safdarjung Hospital here informed that her condition is improving and that she is optimistic and psychologically stable. (ANI)


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