Mumbai: Shiv Sena has held immigrants responsible for the horrific crime in Mumbai. A 23-year-old photojournalist was allegedly gangraped by five men on Thursday evening at Shakti Mill in Parel area of Central Mumbai. She was with her male colleague who was gagged and bound while the girl was raped.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "There are many Bangladeshi immigrants in the city. Proper records of immigrants are not maintained. Several illegal colonies have come up, the crime rate has also gone up. Only if the police and the authorities take the matter into their hands, can the situation be improved."
Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson Smriti Irani has given a notice for the suspension of the question hour so that the matter can be taken up in Parliament. "It is a matter of shame. It is the responsibility of the government to provide security. Will law be confined only to paper?"
Union Minister Kapil Sibal said there has to be strict punishment for such crimes. " Law must be a deterrant. We have to ensure that there strict punishment. Women must be protected," he said.
Here are some more reactions:
BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy: It is aghastly incident. Mumbai has an image of a place that takes care of the women and I hope the culprits are arrested at the earliest. The government should promptly act aganist the accused. If such a crime happens in Mumbai, it sends a wrong message across the world.
Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal: There should be strict action aganist the accused. It should be an example so that others do not dare do such act ever.
Lok Sabha Meira Kumar: It's unfortunate and strict action should be taken. Parliament passed a stringent law and it should help punish the guilty.
Congress leader Priya Dutt: The situation in Mumbai has changed. Mumbai Police is capable to cracking the case. We have to look at this socially as well and we have to realize that what is happening around us like unemployment and drug addiction is escalating crime.
Congress MP Milind Deora: I represent that area, its shamed us as Mumbai has been considered a safe city.
NCP leader Supriya Sule: Shiv Sena is in Opposition and can demand anything but right now most important is to catch the culprits.
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis: The law and order situation in Maharashtra is very bad. Women feel unsafe in Mumbai. For such an incident to occur around 6 pm in an area like Mahalakshmi, means that the perpetrators have no fear of the law. The state government's lax administration is responsible for that.
Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi: Incidents like what happened in Mumbai does give negative picture but it doesn't happen only in India.
NCW Chairperson Mamta Sharma: This is a very sad incident. Whenever I went to Mumbai, people used to say that the women are safe there. This incident puts a question mark on the safety of women in the city.
Actor Anupam Kher has took to Twitter to condemn the incident. He worte, "Moral bankruptcy is worse than financial bankruptcy. And we are heading towards both. #MumbaiRape. Shameful and sad."
Former IPS Officer Kiran Bedi: Another shame!A photo journ gangraped by 5 men in Mumbai.No wonder India is considered most unsafe place for women amongst G-30 countries. Beat police officers with community policing at street level is missing as a system,to check bad characters/possible rapists!
The residents have also condemned the incident and raised concern over the safety of the women.