The recent gang-rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai has elicited strong reactions from the political class in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
Some even sniped at the union and state ministry of home affairs for failure of altering the law and order condition in the country since the Delhi gang-rape incident which took place last December.
The victim, who works with an English lifestyle magazine, was raped by five men in an abandoned mill located in Lower Parel on Thursday evening.
Here are some of the reactions by politicians and activists:
Smriti Irani, BJP Vice President - "Have given notice for suspension of Question Hour in Rajya Sabha 2day for the brutal gangrape of a young photo journalist in Mumbai yesterday."
"Govt representatives come and express sympathy but the question is what steps is the government taking to stop such incidents? Do you think the Home Minister should continue at his post?"
Kiren Bedi, Social activist and former IPS officer - "Another shame! A photo journ(alist) gangraped by 5 men in Mumbai. No wonder India is considered most unsafe place for women amongst G-30 countries"
Venkaiah Naidu, BJP - "We want government to answer what steps it is taking to prevent such incidents."
Ranjana Kumari, Social activist - "Horrendous incidence of Gang #Rape. Mumbaikers Please do something. Totally unacceptable.No girl is safe. This hell will not be tolerated."
Meenakshi lekhi, BJP spokesperson - "A grim reminder of Nirbhaya case, it shows how society is breaking down under bad governance issues."
Meira Kumar, Lok Sabha Speaker - "A Bill was passed in Parliament after Delhi gangrape incident. I hope it will be put into effect. It is an extremely unfortunate incident, the more we condemn it the less it is."
Harsimrat Kaur, Shiromani Akali Dal MP - "The Bill (after Delhi gangrape) came in due to public pressure, Mumbai gangrape shows that perpetrators of crime care a hoot about Bill."
Nirmala Sitharaman, BJP spokesperson - "Despicable! We are shamed! How long and God forbid, how many more before the criminals are punished? Wake up, India!"
RR Patil, Maharashtra Minister of State of home affairs - "This incident will be investigated with utmost seriousness."
Devendra Fadnavis, BJP (Maharashtra) President - "If you (RR Patil) can't improve law and order situation in Mumbai then you must resign."
Kapil Sibal, Union Law Minster - "This country can't afford insecurity of women in society. The law must be made effective. This incident must be dealt with utmost seriousness."
Niting Gadkari, BJP leader - "It is time that the government takes strict action; BJP will support any law or action against such incidents"
Milind Deora, Congress MP - "It is condemnable and certainly police is aware of the seriousness of this issue. Mumbai police has cracked case, Mumbai Commissioner of Police said that all 5 guilty in Mumbai gangrape have been arrested and have accepted their crime."
Sanjay Nirupam, Congress MP - "Extremely shameful incident, Mumbai police must take strict action. Culprits must be given capital punishment."
The one out of the five accused in the gangrape case has been detained by the city police after they released sketches of all the accused. While the allies of Maharashtra government ask that the convicted be given capital punishment, Opposition lashed out at R R Patil, MoS of home affairs in Maharashtra, and have demanded his resignation.
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