21:59 GMT17 February 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who often gets embroiled in controversies with her blunt opinions on various social and political issues, has once again sparked a debate with her sharp attack on human rights lawyer Indira Jaising. The lawyer had stirred a row by requesting mercy for four death-row convicts in a rape case.

    In a no-holds-barred attack, Kangana Ranaut slammed the lawyer for requesting the rape victim’s mother to forgive the four death convicts, who gang-raped and brutally injured her daughter in a moving bus in 2012.   

    "That lady (Indira Jaising) should be kept in jail with those convicts for four days. She needs it. Women like them give birth to these kinds of monsters and murderers," Kangana told reporters during an event on Wednesday, January 22.  

    Jaising, known for her legal activism in promoting human rights, urged Nirbhaya’s mother to forgive her daughter's convicted rapists. The four convicts were sentenced to death by a court and will be executed on 1 February at 0600 Hrs IST.

    The recent statement by Kangana has evoked a flurry of responses on social media. A section of social media users came out in support of Kangana and praised her for her bold statement.

    Several others were upset by her attack on the lawyer and over her saying that such criminal minds were born rapists already from their mother's wombs.

    Many others, however, couldn’t help but notice the “embarrassed” face of the actress Richa Chadda who was sitting by Kangana’s side. The two actresses are often found to have contradictory views on political issues.

    On 16 December 2012, the paramedic student Nirbhaya was brutally gang-raped and grievously injured by six men in a moving bus in south Delhi, before they threw her out. She ultimately died in a Singapore hospital, as doctors in India could not restore her perforated intestines.

    India’s apex Supreme Court described the brutality of the crime committed against the girl as “humanly inconceivable” and most “heinous”.

    The six men were convicted in the case; one of them, Ram Singh, the main accused and driver of the bus hung himself in his prison cell, another one was a minor tried separately in the court and given a three-year term in a reform facility. The other four were recently handed the death sentence by a Delhi Court, and higher courts later confirmed that sentence.


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