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Lawyers refuse to defend Delhi gang-rape accused

NEW DELHI: Lawyers at a court, hearing the case of a fatal gang-rape which has shocked the nation on Wednesday said they would refuse to defend the men accused of taking part in the assault and murder.

Hearings are expected to begin on Thursday at theSaket district court in New Delhi, where police will formally present a 1,000-page charge sheet against the six-person gang.

“We have decided that no lawyer will stand up to defend the rape accused as it would be immoral to defend the case,” Sanjay Kumar, a lawyer and a member of the Saket District Bar Council, said.

Kumar said the 2,500 advocates registered at the court have decided to “stay away” to ensure “speedy justice”, meaning the government would have to appoint lawyers for the defendants. Another lawyer at the court confirmed the boycott.

Five men are expected to face charges including rape, murder and kidnapping in the Saket court, with the prosecutor likely to seek the death sentence.

A sixth suspect is believed to be 17 years old, meaning he would be tried in a juveniles’ court, but police are conducting bone tests to determine his age.

The brutality and horrific nature of the attack on a 23-year-old has led to protests in the capital and elsewhere over the widespread abuse of women and sex crime.

The rape victim died at the weekend after 13-day struggle to survive injuries so grievous that part of her intestines had to be removed

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/lawyers-refuse-to-defend-delhi-gang-rape-accused/articleshow/17855258.cms

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Women to go black top to bottom today

Continuing with the relentless protests against the gang rape of a medical student in Delhi, women in the national capital will observe Kaala Divas today. “We will wear black top to bottom on Thursday. We will display the voice of protest on black placards. All those participating will also take an off from office,” said Shruti Kolhi, editor of petticoatjournal.com, which is spearheading the campaign.

Protesters will assemble at Jantar Mantar and march towards India Gate. “However, we haven’t got permission to go to India Gate. If we fail to get it, we will protest all day at Jantar Mantar,” said Delhi-based lawyer Sonia Raina.

Having spread the message through social media, Kohli says women from across the country have confirmed their participation in this unique form of protest. Several institutions have cancelled exams in view of Kaala Divas. The Visvesvaraya Technological University and the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board have postponed exams scheduled for January 3. The Calcutta University, Madras University and Karnataka University have promised active participation.

There are plans to take the protest further. Kolhi plans to start her community outreach programme in urban villages from Friday. “We need to admonish eve-teasers publicly and whenever a girl does that, others should support her. This is my idea of taking the protests ahead,” said Alka Priyadarshini, a Delhi-based professional.

Delhi gang rape: CJI Altamas Kabir calls for speedy trial of case

NEW DELHI: A fast-track court to try sexual offence cases against women was inaugurated here by Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Wednesday who advocated speedy trial of the case relating to the December 16 gang-rape of the 23-year-old girl who later died of injuries sustained .

The CJI, who justified the public reaction against the ghastly incident, said the offence could have been averted had the Supreme Court guidelines on removal of tinted glasses from the vehicles been followed.

“It’s good to know that after the December 16 tragic incident, people have started raising their voice on crime against women,” he said while expressing the hope that the fast track court at Saket district courts complex here would be operational immediately.

The CJI, however, said blame game should be avoided and the case of the paramedic, which is in the “public eye”, should be decided on fast track.

“Blame game will not serve anything. We have to go to the root of the problem. This case, which is in the public eye, should be decided as early as possible,” he said.

He also cautioned about the people’s reaction against sending the accused for trial and calling for handing them over to the public to be dealt with by saying that it is a “dangerous reaction”.

“People’s reaction has been that do not send the accused to trial. Hand them over to us, we will deal with them. Hang them. But let us not get carried away. Let us deal with the matter in a manner in which we are able to do justice as early as possible. Let us show that the judiciary is behind the common man,” he said.

The CJI said a fast track court particularly for trying sexual offences against women was not only necessary but also welcome and the government has also “woken up” to the need of fast track courts for such cases.

The CJI said he will try his level best with the administration to see that the other part of the case, that is the part before the matter comes to the court, is taken care of as quickly as possible.

Justice Kabir said four other fast track courts would be made operational in different parts of Delhi to show “we mean business in tackling matters of such nature”.

Chief justice of the Delhi high court D Murugesan said judicial officers have been identified for the fast track courts and wherever possible, cases will be taken up on a day-to-day basis.

Apart from the CJI and the chief justice of the Delhi high court, several judges of the high court and district courts were also present at the inauguration ceremony.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Delhi-gang-rape-CJI-Altamas-Kabir-calls-for-speedy-trial-of-case/articleshow/17859854.cms

Draft chargesheet in Delhi gang-rape case ready: Sources

New Delhi: The draft chargesheet in the brutal gang-rape of the 23-year old girl who died in Singapore has been prepared and the police in all liklihood will seek maximum punishment for the rapists, according to sources on Monday.

Delhi Police have sited 30 witnesses in the chargesheet and will ensure a fast trial in the case. As per reports, the chargesheet will be filed on January 03 in city’s Saket court. The convicts will be charged under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code .

The chargesheet is said to be of about 1000-page.

After the girl’s death, the charges of murder were added in the chargesheet against the six accused men.

All six accused have already been charged with gang-rape, kidnapping, unnatural offences, hurting in committing robbery and common intention under the Indian Penal Code.

In the wake of the death of Delhi gang rape victim, the movement demanding justice for 23-year-old medical student and better security for women continued across the country.

Activists and various student groups have vowed to keep the movement alive.

The BJP too organised a condolence meeting at Jantar Mantar today to pay tribute to the 23-year-old gang rape victim.

Top BJP leaders including LK Advani, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj offered tribute the brave heart, who died after battling for life for 13 days.

Following a day of protests on Sunday across India over the brutal rape and killing, several cities held silent candle light vigils to remember the young woman.

In New Delhi, where the attack took place, a petition calling for the death penalty for rape gathered 100,000 signatures.

New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India’s major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, police figures show. Reported rape cases rose by nearly 17 percent between 2007 and 2011, according to government data.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/delhi/draft-chargesheet-in-delhi-gang-rape-case-ready-sources_819900.html