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BJP seeks Prez intervention for convening a special Parliament session

December 24, 2012 - New Delhi

The government has tried to contain the protests at Jantar Mantar and India Gate by closing all the connecting roads to India Gate and shutting down nine metro stations around the Jantar Mantar area. Thousands of students and youth are protesting in Delhi seeking justice for the Delhi gangrape victim. The police diverted the protesters towards Jantar Mantar and did not allow them towards the India Gate. Jantar Mantar is the only area which has been exempted from Prohibitory orders under section 144 of Cr. PC.

Meanwhile, several women's rights activists opposed death penalty saying that such a punishment would distract from the real issue. Since the death penalty is issued in rarest of the rare cases, there is no evidence that such a penalty would act as a deterrent to rape.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has broken his silence over the issue and made a televised appeal to all sections of the people to help maintain peace. He admitted that the anger towards the incident was genuine and that the government understands the pain. However, he said that the protests should not lead to violence as it did not serve any purpose.

The top leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday night called on President Pranab Mukherjee and sought his intervention for convening a Special Session of Parliament. The BJP delegation included BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman LK Advani, Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj, BJP party president Nitin Gadkari among others. The BJP earlier proposed a Special Session to take the parliament into confidence on the issue and an all-party meeting. The government rejected both the demands forcing the party to seek President's intervention.

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