Heena Sidhu

Ace shooter Heena Sidhu has urged Home Minister Amit Shah to provide every woman in the country with licences to carry guns, in wake of the gang-rape and murder of a vet in Telangana.

On Friday, the horrific incident left the entire nation in shock when a 27-year-old veterinarian was gang-raped and murdered in Shamshabad, Telangana by four men.

The issue of women’s safety has been taken up by several athletes on social media. On Wednesday, Sidhu expressed her anger on the increasing incidents of crime against women in the country and urged Home Minister Shah to make licensed weapons mandatory for every woman in India.

“I request the home ministry and honourable home minister @AmitShah to make licenses and licensed weapons mandatory for every woman in this country rather than amending the arms act for lesser licensed weapons, tweeted Sidhu.

“Ppl with licensed weapons r not d problem. We want 2 feel safe n travel around, go 2 our work n come back safely, we want to b able to defend ourselves because d forces/police is not up for it. when its a gang against 1 girl gun may b her only chance,” she added.

According to the police records, the four accused punctured the rear wheel of her scooter. She immediately called her sister up and told her that some strangers offered her help and took her scooty to a mechanic shed for repair. But they returned saying no shed was open in the locality.
Around the same time, the victim noticed that a lorry driver was moving suspiciously in her proximity and she informed her sister about the same.

She expressed fear while talking to her sister, who advised her to rush to a nearby toll gate. Before Priyanka could make it to a safe spot, the accused men dragged her to a secluded spot close to a toll plaza and gang-raped her.

The accused men then wrapped her body in a blanket and took it to Shadnagar and burnt the body.

The Telangana police have arrested four men on the charges of raping and murdering the woman. Many have called for the death penalty for the accused men and new laws to be introduced for increasing crime against women in India.


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