Eighteen days after the horrific gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student, Delhi Police on Thursday filed its charge sheet in a court here against five men arrested in the case, slapping on them murder, rape, kidnapping and other charges.
The five accused, Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh and their accomplices Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur have been charge sheeted for the offences of murder, gangrape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting in committing robbery, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and common intention under the Indian Penal Code.
The sixth accused is a juvenile and proceedings against him will be conducted by the Juvenile Justice Board.
In the 33-page charge sheet, the role of the juvenile offender is also elaborated.
Police filed the charges and listed their evidence in a reportedly 1,000-page document submitted to a district court in the south of the capital, starting the process of bringing the men to trial.
The police filed the charge sheet along with bulky documents, with many in sealed covers, in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover who posted it for consideration on January
The Delhi police has sought direction for not disclosing the content of the FIR and for keeping it and other documents in sealed covers to protect the identity of the victim.
“We have filed the charge sheet against the five accused,” an investigating police officer told a magistrate hearing the case in the Saket court complex.
The victim, a medical student, was repeatedly raped and violated with an iron bar on a moving bus on December 16 as she returned from a cinema where she had watched a film with her friend.
Police said it will also place before the court the charge sheet in electronic form.
Police also urged the court to hold in-camera proceedings away from public glare.
The charge sheet was filed before the duty magistrate at 17.30 hours, 30 minutes after the normal court hours.
This prompted the judge to ask the public prosecutor for the reason behind filing the charge sheet at the late hour.
Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said the investigators took time to put bulky documents along with the charge sheet in an orderly manner.
Later, he told reporters that the charge sheet will be filed against the juvenile offender shortly.
Protesters have massed across the country daily since the assault to demand the government and police take sex crimes more seriously, with tougher penalties for offenders and even chemical castration among measures being considered.
The latest incident, though far from rare in a country where gang rapes are commonplace, has led to deep soul-searching in the media and the country’s political class about the treatment of the victim.
A statement from the Delhi victim, who died at the weekend from her injuries, and an account from her friend, who was badly beaten during the attack, are expected to form crucial parts of the evidence against the five men.
A sixth suspect who is believed to be a minor aged 17 was not charged in the Saket court on Thursday. Detectives are awaiting the results of a bone test to verify his age and determine whether he can be tried in an adult court.
The next hearing has been set for Saturday. The trial has been fast-tracked to avoid the delays.
Altamas Kabir, Chief Justice of India, has cautioned against letting public anger overwhelm the due process of the law.
“Let us not get carried away. A swift trial should not be at the cost of a fair trial,” Kabir was quoted as saying in the local media on Thursday.
Lawyers at the district court in New Delhi have decided they will not defend the suspects, meaning the government will have to appoint advocates for them.
Several hundred protesters including lawyers gathered outside the court on Thursday demanding greater protection for women and improvements in the justice system.
“Why is there such a low conviction rate in India? Please judges, wake up!” said one banner.
Just 26% of the 24,206 cases of rape registered in 2011 in India resulted in a conviction, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.
Amid a fierce national debate about the incident, women’s rights groups have highlighted the difficulty rape victims face in dealing with social stigma and the police.
On December 28, it emerged that a 17-year-old girl had committed suicide after police allegedly tried to persuade her to drop a complaint of gang-rape and instead either accept a cash settlement or even marry one of her attackers.
Campaigners hope the December 16 attack will serve as a turning point, changing social attitudes and leading to greater sensitivity by the police.
A member of the ruling Congress party was detained in the northeastern state of Assam on Thursday after being accused of raping a girl in a remote village, police said.
In scenes played out on television channels, village women were seen stripping the lawmaker, Bikram Singh Brahma, and repeatedly slapping him.
The government has set up three separate commissions to look into the New Delhi gang-rape and suggest changes in the law, with one minister suggesting new anti-rape legislation should be named after the unidentified victim.
The brother of the victim, speaking from the family’s home village in Uttar Pradesh, said they would not object if the government wanted to name a new law after her.
“It will be like a tribute in her memory,” he told a newspaper, while also pleading that the family be left alone to grieve.
A recent poll found India to be the worst in the G20 group of nations for women because of child marriage, abuse and female foeticide, which has led to a badly skewed sex ratio in the country of 1.2 billion people.
New Delhi: As the Delhi Police gears up to submit its chargesheet in the gangrape case before the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, a bone marrow test would be conducted to verify if the youngest accused in the case is a minor or not.
Sources said that the prosecution during the trial in a fast-track court in Saket – where the hearing in the case would begin on Thursday – would demand death penalty for the five accused. The sixth accused would be produced before a juvenile justice board once it was proved that he was a minor and could be sent to a children’s home for a maximum of three years in connection with the ghastly incident.
In its chargesheet, the police have mentioned the entire sequence of events from the time the prime accused – Ram Singh – and five others had a party at their place and then took the bus out at night just to earn a few bucks to buy more alcohol.
According to the chargesheet, the girl and her friend got into the bus at the Munirka bus stop, after which some of the accused made lewd comments and it led to an argument between the two groups. As the argument got heated, the girl and the boy were assaulted by the accused. While the boy was hit with a rod, the girl was gangraped.
After the filing of the chargesheet, the Delhi Police will try and finish the trial within a month or at the most one-and-a-half months. All the six accused in the case have been booked for dacoity, gangrape, murder and destruction of evidence.
The police will use statements of the girl and her friend, girl’s ATM cards and jewellery and the medical report which says the injuries were grievous enough to cause death as evidence in the case. The police also have the CCTV footage and forensic evidence picked up from the bus.
The WCD Ministry will forward several measures like creating women friendly public spaces, banning violent video games and zero-tolerance towards violence against elected women representatives to Justice Verma panel, Union Minister Krishna Tirath said today.
“Based on inputs given by experts, we are forwarding several suggestions related to the safety and security of women to the Justice J S Verma Commission. We will also send them to the home ministry,” the Women and Child Development Minister said here.
The Justice Verma Commission had been set up by the government to relook and examine the present laws to protect the safety and dignity of women.
The Ministry last week had held a consultation meeting where experts including civil society organisations, activists, legal experts and government representatives had provided inputs on women-related issues.
In the consultation meeting, women’s affairs activist Dr Ranjana Kumari said gender budgeting a very critical component for implementation and the the government should start the implementation of legislatures with the help of effective mechanism of gender budgeting.
Another expert Dr Mira Shiva said the Health Ministry should have a unit specifically called Gender and Health Units. She also spoke about measures like banning certain violent video games which are in clandestine circulation.
Dr V Mohini Giri from Guild for Services expressed hope in the current youth movement that it would strengthen the political will and pro-women stance of the Government. She also demanded that the WCD Ministry should be given a Cabinet status. (More)
New Delhi: More than 10 days after protests broke in the national capital in the wake of the brutal gangrape on 16 December last year, many groups and associations have joined hands to finalise suggestions to submit to the Justice Verma committee.
Following the severe protests on Delhi streets, the Justice Verma committee was formed by the government to look into the laws dealing with crimes against women and make them stringent.
Protests in New Delhi against the gangrape incident. PTI
Speedy access to justice, sensitisation of police and armed forces, lodging of FIR report in all rape cases and constant police patrolling are some of the suggestions that the All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) will submit to the committee, said secretary of the organisation, Kavita Krishnan.
“In addition to ‘Justice for Women Now’ (the banner under which the organisation and other student bodies are clubbed for now), I am aware of at least five students’ groups which are not connected to any organisation but have been constantly involved in the process,” said Krishnan, who led the protests at Jantar Mantar.
“There is a lot of positive energy in youth which needs to be channelised in the right direction. We are trying to formulate a platform for that as well,” she said.
AIPWA national vice- president Jagmati Sangwan said a joint draft for legal intervention has been scripted which will be sent to the committee.
“At least 15 organisations including Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch, National Federation of Indian Women, and Young Women’s Christian Association have contributed to this draft,” said Sangwan.
Both AIPWA officials said that coming under a common platform was not necessary and the same should not be a prerequisite for the government to initiate a dialogue with the civil society.
The composition of Justice Verma committee had flaws, said Sucheta De, former president, JNUSU, as it does not have any women member or an expert on women’s rights.
“Even then, we will send suggestions to the committee including our demand to consider custodial rapes, marital rapes, fast-tracking of rape cases against policemen and army personnel,” said De.
The Justice Verma committee will receive feedback till 5 January.
THIS WILL SURELY BRING TEARS IN UR EYES….Please READ AND PRAY FOR HER..FIGHT FOR HER …
THIS IS FOR OUR FAMILIES SAFETY……
I AM SORRY MOM I CAN’T FIGHT MORE
(CRY OF A RAPE VICTIM)
I still remember mom when once you and dad asked me what I need to do in my life I replied you I will reduce the pain of other’s people and I became a physiotherapist so that I can try my level best to reduce the pain of others. But today I am not able to resist my own pain.
Doctors are slashing my body parts for the fifth time like they were never the parts of my body…it is paining a lot mom I am not able to breathe properly and they attached me with oxygen cap. please tell the doctors not to give me the anesthesia mom.
I am scared I don’t want to close my eyes. If I close my eyes it takes me to that scary phase of my life where I was being cut into pieces I was just bunch of flesh which was being continuously chopped by those animals. Those faces were very scary mom they were like those hungry animals who were biting at every parts of my body.I don’t have courage to look myself in the mirror. Mom please break all the mirrors nearby me. Pls take me to bath. I want to bath. I want to sit under the shower for years mom so that I can wash those inhuman touch which has made me hate my own body.I tried to go towards bathroom but my stomach pain didn’t allow me to move myself.I can’t raise my head to see you standing outside through door glass.
When someone enter in my room I feel very scared mom. my heartbeats gets faster my eyes searches for you. please be around me. I don’t want to be alone.
Mom these medical instrument beeps are haunting in my brain. they sound like those unhelping traffic sounds which muted my cry and pleads which I was doing that time mom. The silence of this room reminds me of that silence when I was thrown on deserted road. I don’t know what happened but I was feeling very much cold the same way like a person shivering with very high temperature. Mom do you remember once when dad slapped me in childhood how much you fought with him until dad didn’t bring my favorite chocolate…
Where is dad, mom?
I can’t see him…is he ok mom ???
Please don’t let him cry mom. Do you remember once how dad got angry on you when you used to shout on me for anything?
They have beaten me and my dearest friend with some metal. It was paining a lot mom. I saw how he was bleeding to save me but they were coward rascals. They kept on beating him together till he didn’t collapse and then they scratched every parts of my body repeatedly mom. You always taught me to fight with the difficult situations but I am very weak in this situation. please hold my hand.
I want to sleep please put my head in your lap.
Please wash my body. Give me some pain killer my stomach is paining. Please tell doctor not to cut more parts of my body. its paining a lot.
I am sorry mom I can’t fight
Share it friends till it becomes the voice of the whole nation..
May her soul rest in peace..PRAY
New Delhi: Unable to bear the loss of her daughter, the 45-year-old mother of the 23-year-old medical student ‘Amanat’ (NOT her real name) collapsed today and was rushed to a city hospital where doctors said her condition was stable.
Doctors at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in west Delhi said the woman underwent thorough check-ups and was doing “completely fine” now.
A senior doctor said she was suffering from grief and that is why she was unconscious for some time in the morning after the cremation.
He said the woman was frail and was not able to bear the loss of her daughter. “It also looks like she had not had proper food for the past 10-12 days and is very weak. We call it the grief effect,” the doctor said.
The doctor said she must have been anxious and disturbed for the past couple of weeks and this was the reason for her collapse.
She is under the observation of doctors.
1.Increase the deterrence against crimes against women. Change law to make life term plus chemical castration the punishment for violent rapes 2. Expand the definition of rape to include not just penile penetration of the vagina but also oral sex and penetration for sexual purpose of the vagina, anus, urethra or mouth 3. Introduce rape by security forces as a special category of aggravated sexual assault on the lines of the clause dealing with custodial rape 4. Enhance the maximum prison term for molestation from 2 to 5 years & sexual harassment or what’s euphemistically called ‘eve-teasing’ from 1 to 3 years 5. Remove gender inequities in the provisions relating adultery and natural guardian and enact a special law to take pre-emptive action against caste assemblies inciting “honour killings”
Source: The Times of India
1. Increase police patrolling. If necessary, hike number of cops in city. All VIPs with more than two security personnel should give one cop from their security to enhance police presence for the public 2. Register FIRs in all cases of rape, sexual harassment and other crimes against women. Prosecute cops found persuading women to drop such complaints 3.Home guards on buses not enough. Institute system of random checking of buses by PCR vans at night 4.Use technology: All public transport must be on GPS, install CCTVs on buses, make drivers and helpers/conductors wear non-tamperable photo IDs, create common database accessible by police and other enforcement agencies 5.All sexual offenders must be monitored by law enforcers once they have served their sentence
Source: The Times of India
Calling the 23-year-old gang-rape victim a “martyr” for safety of women, the National Commission for Women (NCW) today asked both civil society and the government to work together to stop such crimes in the future.
NCW chairperson Mamata Sharma said the civil society should also assist the government in amending laws related to sexual assault on women.
“The young girl is martyr in the name of women’s safety. Everyone, the government and the civil society should work together and help in amending laws relating to sexual assault against women,” she said.
It was the duty of everyone to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future, she said. The paramedic student, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a moving bus on December 16, died “peacefully” at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore where she was airlifted on Wednesday night.
Her condition took a turn for the worse last night and she passed away in the wee hours today due to multiple organ failure.
Condoling the death of Delhi gang-rape victim, NCP MP Supriya Sule today said it is high time to take up the issue of women’s and young girls’ safety at public and private places as well as at home.
“Early morning, today, received tragic news of death of a rape victim from Delhi. I pray for peace to the great soul. We tried to join her struggle for life, but failed,” Sule said on her blog.
“This is high time for us to retrospect about what has been happening for last 15 days. This is high time for us to take up the issue of women’s and young girls’ safety everywhere, at public places, private spaces and even at our home,” she added.
Government and the police machinery to remain alert on this issue. “Prime Minister himself mentioned that it is up to us all to ensure that her death will not have been in vain…Government, police and administrations at all level need to be alert on this issue,” she said.
We should check all our further actions and our past decisions with respect to the safety of the women, Sule said adding, “This is a difficult time to control our outrage as social groups,” she said.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Rashtravadi Yuvati Congress met Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal drawing his attention to the rise in crime against women.
They also urged Dayal that police should inform people, through regular media interactions, about the measures taken on the issue of women’s safety.
Meanwhile, Deshbhakti Andolan, a city-based NGO held demonstrations at suburban Bandra here to demand resignation of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde alleging that he had failed to maintain law and order, in view of the recent gang-rape incident in the national capital.