- Assam BJP MP says rape convicts must be shot in public
- Firing squads, public shooting of rapists to instill fear, says RP Sharma
- Ram Prasad Sharma represents Tezpur in Lok Sabha
"Those who commit heinous crimes like rape must be shot in public; this is the only way to stop these incidents," said Mr Sharma on Thursday. The MP, who holds a degree in law and practiced in the Guwahati High Court before joining politics, said "capital punishment", is the only way to deal with those assaulting women.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Sharma said shooting squads must be set up to punish rapists and "instill a sense of fear" among people. The Lok Sabha MP also suggested anyone convicted of molestation should be given a minimum of 10-year jail term.
Mr Sharma joined the BJP in 1991 and won the Lok Sabha election in Tezpur in 2014.
The crime sparked uproar in the state assembly on Monday. Two BJP legislators, Mrinal Saikia and Shiladiyta Deb, alleged that illegal Bangladeshi migrants were involved in such incidents. The opposition Congress and the All India United Democratic Front or AIDUF accused the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government, which took charge last year, of failing to maintain law and order in the state.