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Need special Par session to amend rape laws: Swaraj to PM

December 22, 2012 17:51 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj on Saturday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene a special session of Parliament for amending the existing law to provide death sentence for heinous crimes against women.

"I have just spoken to prime minister. I requested prime minister for a special session of Parliament to frame a law to provide for exemplary punishment for crimes against women," Swaraj said on social networking site Twitter.

The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha claimed that the prime minister said he will consider this suggestion.

She said the people were "genuinely angry" on the recent brutal rape incident of a 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi and demanded that the perpetrators of such crime be given death sentence.

"I have always maintained that rapist(s) should be punished with death sentence. I have also moved a private members bill for this," she said.

She said she has already demanded in Lok Sabha on December 18 that rapists be given death sentence.

Swaraj also spoke to Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath in this regard.

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