New Delhi: Condemning the rape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinarian in Telangana, Government on Monday assured the Lok Sabha members that it was ready to debate and make necessary amendments in the law with the consensus of the House.
''There are no words to condemn such a heinous incident. There is no bigger 'inhuman act' than this incident. The whole country is ashamed and hurt,'' Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said during Zero Hour.
The whole house condemns the gruesome crime, he said. The minister's response came after several members demanded stringent action against the wrongdoers and at least three lawmakers -- Saugata Roy (Trinamool Congress), Uttam Kumar Reddy (Congress) and Pinaki Misra (Biju Janata Dal) demanded that the miscreants be given capital punishment.
''After the Nirbhaya case, new law was brought in, still such incidents are taking place. I have no objection if debate is taken up. The government is ready to make provisions to curb the rising incidents,'' said Mr Singh who is the Deputy Leader of the House.
Mr Singh said he leaves to Speaker Om Birla to decide whether a debate is to be taken and ''we are ready to make amendments in the law with the consensus of the House''.
Four men allegedly raped the ill-fated woman before strangling and setting her on fire near Hyderabad. Condemning the incident, the Speaker maintained ''such incidents worry and hurt us''.
''India's Parliament has always expressed worry on such cases. We condemn the incident in one voice,'' he stated.
The Business Advisory Council will discuss on the issue, he said, adding that if required, the law will be amended.
''We expect that such incidents do not recur,'' he further said.
Making an intervention, Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the government was ready to take steps to curb the crime against women. ''There is already a number of emergency response system to help the victims,'' he said.(UNI)