HYDERABAD: Expressing concern over the way a tribal girl was brutally gang-raped and killed in his native Chittoor district on Sunday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said the government would punish the perpetrators of the crime by invoking New Criminal Amendment Act (Nirbhaya Act).
“We will set a new precedent by nabbing the culprits and giving such punishment to them as will scare future rapists,” he said while responding to a question in the State Assembly on Monday.
Earlier, the House witnessed outrage over the gang-rape and killing of the tribal girl.
The issue was raised by YSRC member Narayana Swamy during the question hour.
He brought to the notice of the government that though the victim’s family had received `5 lakh as compensation from the government the culprits were at large.
Responding to the incident, Chief Minister Naidu said the culprits would be behind the bars soon and stringent action would be initiated against them.
Refuting the allegation that the State government did nothing to nab the culprits, Naidu said soon after the incident, he had directed the police to nab the culprits immediately.
“My government would not tolerate such crimes against women. Stringent action would be taken against the culprits,” he added.