Even as the outrage over the rape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad grows, TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty said on Monday that she agreed with her colleague Jaya Bachchan, but not with the “lynching bit”.
Speaking to CNNNews18 Chakraborty said, “Yes, I did agree with Jaya Bachchan. But I didn’t agree to the lynching bit, what I meant was to have more stringent laws for such perpetrators.”
#RageAgainstRape | Yes, I did agree with Jaya Bachchan. But I didn’t agree to the lynching bit, what I meant was to have more stringent laws for such perpetrators: @mimichakraborty (TMC, MP) tells @maryashakil on #NewsEpicentre pic.twitter.com/hDL6GVAAYL— News18 (@CNNnews18) December 2, 2019
The MP from Javapur told CNNNews18, “The law should be immediate and strict that even before thinking some like this, it should send shivers down the spines of the accused.”
Speaking to the news channel Chakraborty further wondered why it was only women who had to think before boarding a bus at night or stepping out at night.
Earlier on Monday, Chakraborty had told ANI, “I request to all the concerned ministers that please make a law so strong that a person thinks a hundred times before let alone rape, but even before looking at a woman with ill intentions.”
Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty on Telangana veterinarian's rape & murder: I request to all the concerned ministers that please make a law so strong that a person thinks 100 times before let alone rape, but even before looking at a woman with ill intentions. pic.twitter.com/cl8Ke4l4JE— ANI (@ANI) December 2, 2019
The charred body of the 26-year-old woman was found under a bridge in Hyderabad on November 28. The police later found that the accused, identified as Mohammed Areef, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, plotted to lure her after puncturing the tire of her bike. When the woman was left stranded with a flat tire, the accused raped and killed her and set her body on fire.
Amid calls for capital punishment and mob lynching, filmmaker Aparna Sen asked if hanging the rapists would actually reduce the number of rapes in the country.
Sen said on Twitter, “The perpetrators of Dr. Reddy’s rape & murder will probably will be hanged. The whole country is baying for their blood, and with due cause. It is the most horrific of crimes. But then what? There won’t be any more rapes? The rate of rape will substantially decrease?”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.