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"Keeping the sentiments of the House in mind, the government is ready to make necessary changes in the provisions for making a stricter law," Union Minister Rajnath Singh said.
Rajnath Singh. File photo: PTI

Condemning the gruesome gang rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad last week, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday asserted that the central government is ready to make strictest laws to stop such crimes in future.

As the Deputy Leader of the House, the Minister said "no act could be as inhuman as this incident which happened in Hyderabad".

"Entire country is hurt. All lawmakers cutting across party lines have condemned the incident and demanded to give harsher punishment to the accused involved in the incident.

"After the Nirbhaya incident, a strict law was made and people thought that the number of such incidents would go down," Singh said, adding, "But, such gruesome acts have been happening continuously."

He told Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to hold a detailed discussion over the issue. "Keeping in mind, sentiments of the House, the government is ready to make necessary changes in the provisions for making a stricter law."

The Minister spoke on the issue after the opposition raised the matter for the second time in the House during Zero Hour and various leaders sought strict punishment for the culprits involved in the case and sought a tough law to curb such crimes.

Earlier, the opposition members led by the Congress raised the gang rape issue with the Speaker advising them to take up the matter in Zero Hour.

Soon after the House assembled for the day, several opposition members were on their feet seeking permission from Birla to raise the issue.

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan on Monday said that lynching was perhaps the only way to put an end to ghastly crimes against women.

Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said that many legislations had been enacted in the past to deal with such heinous crimes but it was time for people from across society to rise against such acts of brutality.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said the incident that took place in Hyderabad was a total disgrace to all the principles of humanity.

"What happened in Hyderabad is a total disgrace to all principles of humanity and highly condemnable," Naidu said.

The gruesome rape and murder on November 27 in the Ranga Reddy district has evoked protests across the country with people demanding harsh punishment for the perpetrators.

IANS inputs

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