Congress to Centre: Explain delay over women protection policy

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], May 5 (ANI): Flagging the latest statistics on crime against women, where national capital, New Delhi is ranked first, Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday accused the Centre for not putting in place an effective policy to reduce crime against women. Sibal told media here, "In the overall crime against women, Delhi stands at number one place. At least 184 women per one lakh of population are subjected to some kind of attack in the national capital, 83 women in Telangana, 148 women in Assam, 81 women in Odisha, 75 women in Haryana, 73 women in West Bengal, 68 women in Tripura, 65 women in Madhya Pradesh. These are top states in terms of which women are targeted." Sibal has welcomed the verdict of the Supreme Court in the gang rape case of December 16, 2012 , which is considered as a rarest of rare cases. "This was the most brutal murder. I cannot accept the fact that she had been attacked in such an inhuman and brutal fashion. We should altogether take some measures in this direction," he added. Earlier, the Supreme Court had sentenced all four convicts to death penalty. Justice Dipak Misra upheld rape as depravity and not curable and recently passed a woman friendly judgment saying that "no woman can be compelled to love; she always has right to say no". In December, 2012, six people gang raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in a moving bus. The woman succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012. One of the accused, Ram Singh hanged himself in prison, while another person, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August last year and will serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home. The lawyer of the accused A.P. Singh claimed that he will file the review petition after reading the order. "Justice is not done. We will file a review petition after reading the order. You cannot give a death sentence to anyone for a message to the nation. The meaning of punishment is improvement. There is a right to live. In this, the human rights have been neglected, Mahatma Gandhi's ideology has been neglected as this is violence," Singh said. The matter was heard by the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan. The convicts - Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh - challenged the Delhi High Court order which had sentenced them to the gallows. (ANI)