INDIAN politicians are proposing new measures to punish sex offenders, including chemical castration, following the death of a student who was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi.
As the body of the as yet unnamed 23-year-old was cremated, protesters returned to the streets to show their anger over what they say is a epidemic of violence against women, and politicians put forward proposals for dealing with offenders.
The Indian government is being urged by the BJP to hold an emergency parliamentary session to discuss women’s safety
Venkiah Naidu's statements echo Congress Party recommendations calling for the castration of rapists, which have been set out in a draft bill calling for tougher laws to punish those committing crimes against women.
The bill is reported to contain proposals including 30-year prison sentences for rapists, the establishing of fast-track courts and the amendment of the juvenile justice act to reduce the age limit on those legally identified as youngsters.
Six men have since been arrested and charged with murder in the December 16 attack.
Yesterday, the victim's body was cremated in a ceremony held under tight security in Delhi after being transferred from a hospital in Singapore where the woman had been taken for treatment.
The case has prompted public outrage, provoking protests against what is seen as police and government inaction on the issue of women's safety.
Large areas of Delhi were sealed off over the weekend and riot troops were deployed amid fears that trouble may erupt. Candlelit vigils were also held to mourn the murdered woman.
Hotels and clubs across the capital also said they would forego their usual parties.