Even as a storm of public rage over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student continues to blow in New Delhi, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has called for legislation that would act as a strong deterrent against rape. She also underscored the need to expedite the process of dispensing justice in rape cases.
“It is a shocking crime and there is no doubt that deterrent laws should be put in place. The period of trial and investigation should be shortened so that justice is meted out swiftly. Only that will act as a deterrent in future,” said Jayalalithaa. She also said Tamil Nadu police was taking immediate action whenever they received complaints of rape.
Jayalalithaa’s comments came after she returned to Chennai from Ahmedabad, where took part in the swearing-in ceremony of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. It may be recalled that Modi was present when the AIADMK chief took oath after her thumping victory in 2011.