Indian PM pushes parliament for new anti-rape law
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's prime minister said Monday he hoped parliament which resumes this week would enact a tough law against rapists following the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi.
The comments came two weeks after the government passed temporary measures to toughen the punishments for rapists, following outraged protests over the case of the 23-year-old student who was gang-raped on a bus in December.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told reporters his government hoped the budget parliament session which opens Thursday would pass a permanent law to tackle crimes against women.
"It is our hope that parliament will urgently pass the necessary legislation to enact a comprehensive law in this regard," he said.