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Paswan supports demand for stringent punishment to rapists

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Describing rape as a crime worse than murder, Paswan told reporters here, he fully supported the demand for stringent punishment to the rapists in general and in the gangrape case of the 23 year-old girl in particular.

Paswan, however, opposed capital punishment to the accused in this specific case and in rape cases in general.

Over hundred countries have written to the UN demanding death sentence be scrapped, he said.

"I will welcome if the UPA government decides to convene a special session of parliament for framing of a incorporating stringent provisions to punish those who commit rape," he said.

Hailing the UPA government's decision to set up a judicial commission to probe the gangrape case, he said the Centre appeared to be serious about incorporating deterrent measures in the to deal with crime like rape.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde have taken serious view of the gangrape case of the medical student and were aware of the ongoing massive protest in the national capital on the issue and positive measures will be taken in this regard, he said.

The people of socialist leaning have been opposed to capital punishment, he reiterated.

First Published: Sun, December 23 2012. 18:45 IST