Live: Does India need stricter laws against rape?

But will only staging protest parades or changing your Facebook profile picture bring an end to such brutalities? Currently, Indian law states that the maximum sentence for rape is 10 years. Tell us if this is enough or should capital punishment be awarded to a rapist? Also, will harsher punishment stop people from committing such a crime?

India is witnessing a series of nationwide protests as outraged citizens remonstrate against the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman who battles for her life at a Delhi hospital.

The unprecedented upsurge of people who have spilled onto the streets to show solidarity with the victim, and similar sufferers, has led to cops, politicians and even the courts to take notice of the deteriorating state of affairs in a nation that worships goddesses and aspires to be a global powerhouse.

The savage rape and torture occurred on Sunday night, when the woman and her male friend boarded a private bus in south Delhi after watching a movie.

The woman was brutally and repeatedly assaulted by six men. Her male friend, who tried to save her, was also beaten up by the rapists.

Both the girl and her friend were stripped and dumped by the roadside near the domestic airport, after the nearly 40-minute ordeal in a moving bus, that passed unchallenged through five different police check points while the ghastly act was underway.

Days after the news of the brutal act, hundreds demanded strong action against those involved in the crime.

But will only staging protest parades or changing your Facebook profile picture bring an end to such brutalities? Currently, Indian law states that the maximum sentence for rape is 10 years.

Tell us if this is enough or should capital punishment be awarded to a rapist? Also, will harsher punishment stop people from committing such a crime?

Or will the inevitability of punishment be the biggest deterrent?

Do we need stricter laws or better implementation of existing ones? Or both?

Statistics say that two women are raped every hour in India. What emboldens the perpetrators of such heinous acts?

Have your say.