Vayalar Ravi moots death-for-rape ordinance

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SummaryAs protests raged over the gangrape of a 23-year old in Delhi, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi today mooted promulgating an ordinance that provides for death penalty to deal with such crimes.

As protests raged over the gangrape of a 23-year old in Delhi, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi today mooted promulgating an ordinance that provides for death penalty to deal with such crimes.

"I hope that we bring some law, which is equivalent to section 302 of the IPC (punishment for murder).... There should be an ordinance... an ordinance will be good.... This is my personal opinion," the Overseas Indian Affairs Minister told reporters here.

He said "this (incidents of rape) is happening in every state.... The state governments should also give their support.... Parliament should give its support."

Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy said the Centre would soon find a solution to end such crimes.

"The government is worried about this. The guilty should be given punishment. We will find a solution for this soon," he told reporters separately.

Delhi gangrape case: Sheila Dikshit demands accountability of senior police officers

Demanding accountability of senior police officers in the gang-rape incident, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today wanted immediate setting up of fast-track courts to try rape cases with provisions in the law even for death penalty in rare cases like the one that rocked the Capital last week.

Demanding accountability of senior police officers in the gang-rape incident, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today wanted immediate setting up of fast-track courts to try rape cases with provisions in the law even for death penalty in rare cases like the one that rocked the Capital last week.

She also called for a "serious look" at VIP security deployment in the Capital, saying it cannot be an "excuse" for not providing security to the common man.

After a meeting of her Cabinet, she met Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and presented him a letter containing the decisions of the Cabinet on ensuring better security for women in the capital.

She said that suspension of a few lower-level policemen was not enough and senior officers should also be held accountable.

Dikshit said the city government would urge the Delhi High Court Chief Justice for immediate setting up of fast-track courts to try rape cases and to get justice in a time-bound manner.

"The law should be such that it should be able to invoke life imprisonment or death in serious cases like the one that happened to the 23-year-old girl in Delhi," she said.

She parried a question on whether Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar should be removed, saying, "I am not somebody who is

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