Delhi gangrape: To stop rapes, Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde targets buses, mum on gunning for criminals in city

Sushil Kumar Shinde

Shinde said a woman IPS officer will head a police team which has been asked to regularly take stock of the medical condition of the victim in hospital and remain in touch with her parents.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar had visited the hospital last night to see the victim.

The girl was raped allegedly by six men in a moving bus, which had tinted glass and curtains on it on Sunday night. The girl continues to be in a critical state. Police has also been asked to get all details about private bus drivers hired by schools.

Naidu wanted to know from the Home Minister government's response to Opposition demand for capital punishment in such cases and why there was no police at the three PCR points, which the bus crossed when the crime was being committed inside it.

Shinde said the incident could not come to the notice of the PCR police as no voice was heard from inside the bus, whose window panes were tinted and had curtains.

On the demand for enhanced punishment to rape accused, he said the Criminal Law Amendment Bill for dealing with sexual offences has already been introduced in Lok Sabha which seeks to enhance punishment for such crimes up to life imprisonment.

P J Kurien, who was in the Chair, said it was very serious issue. "A heinous and horrendous crime has been committed. Every mind in the House , every person is agitated. It is a shame on our country," he observed.

N K Singh (JD-U) said the issue of capital punishment can be revisited if it comes to such cases.

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