New Delhi: Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said she firmly believes that culprits of such crimes like the brutal gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai should be given death sentence.
Asked if she still holds the opinion she had articulated after the Nirbhaya gang-rape in Delhi on December 16, Swaraj said "I am of the firm view and I reiterate my stand that if punishment of this kind (death sentence) is given to the accused in the Damini... Nirbhaya case, there will definitely be a stop somewhere."
In a debate on the Nirbhaya gang-rape case and safety of women in Parliament during the budget session, Swaraj had said the culprits should be given death sentence to deter others from comitting such heinous crimes.
A 22-year old photojournalist was gang-raped in Mumbai on August 22 and her male companion beaten up. The case is similar to the Nirbhaya case that took place in a bus on the night of December 16, 2012 in the national capital in which a 23-year old paramedic was gang-raped and her friend beaten up.