Telugu Mahila, a women’s wing of Telugu Desam Party, on Saturday took out a massive rally from its party office to Collectorate and organised rasta-roko demanding enactment of stringent laws as the number of atrocities on women is rising.

They raised slogans demanding death penalty to all the six involved in the heinous act in a moving bus in Delhi.

Government flayed

T. Atchutavalli, district president, who led the rally along with former minister Padala Aruna, S. Kota MLA Kolla Lalitha Kumari and other leaders, severely criticised the government for failing to protect women since the Congress came back to power in 2004.

They said that the Delhi incident was a blot on civic society and sought capital punishment for the accused. In the absence of stringent laws to deal with rapists, the number of incidents is rising, she felt and pointed out how former President Pratibha Patil had granted clemency to seven persons after the courts sentenced them.

Regular incidents

It was unfortunate that regular incidents of rape were reporting every day despite two women -- Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson and Sabita Indra Reddy, State Home Minister—are at the helm of affairs at the Centre and in the State.

In Vizianagaram district, she said that crime against women was increasing gradually from 417 in 2010 and 449 in 2011 to 461 last year.

Later, they submitted a memorandum to Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah.