We will not take action against rapists nor will let you act, an attitude of Congress ruling party
- Agitators fighting against injustice by uniting in thousands without any leadership will forge the future of the nation !
- Not a single political party felt like agitating against the incidences of rapes, but the same act was performed by youngsters; this signifies that these political parties have proved their meaninglessness !
- The incidences of rapes taking place day and night in the Congress ruled states of Haryana, New Delhi, Maharashtra and Rajasthan encourage the citizens for revolution !
New Delhi : A Juvenile Justice board on Thursday ordered to frame charges of gang rape and murder against the minor who along with five adults sexually assaulted the 23-year-old Delhi student on December 16. The minor accused was described as the most brutal of the six accused.
Earlier, another Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) had declared the sixth accused in December 16 Delhi sexual assault and murder case as ‘minor’.
Finding prima facie evidence against the 17-year-old juvenile, Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel ordered framing of charges under various provisions of the IPC dealing with gang rape, murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, attempt to murder, dacoity, destruction of evidence and conspiracy.
The Board has now fixed the case on March 6 for recording of evidence.
The charges of robbery, wrongful confinement and destruction of evidence have also been framed against the juvenile in another case of robbing a vegetable seller prior who had boarded the bus on the fateful night before the gang rape victim and her friend allegedly became the prey of the minor and his five adult co-accused.
The panel will commence recording of evidence in the robbery case from March 12 against the juvenile.
Earlier, the police had in its PIR (police investigation report, which is equivalent to charge sheet) filed before the JJB slapped charges of gang rape, murder, unnatural sex, dacoity, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence among other offences under the Indian Penal Code against the minor.
Similar charges have been framed against the other five adult accused in the case, proceedings in which are being conducted in-camera at a special fast track court in Delhi.
The gang rape victim had died on December 29, 2012 in a Singapore hospital as a result of the grievous injuries she had suffered.
Source : Niti Central
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- Delhi rape victim wanted her tormentors 'burnt alive' (13 Jan 2013)
- Delhi rape : ‘Hafta diary’ helps cops zero in on rape bus (12 Jan 2013)
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Ballia (UP) / New Delhi : The family of the Delhi gang-rape victim expressed shock on Monday and termed the juvenile justice board's (JJB) decision of ruling the sixth accused in the case as minor as "unfortunate" and said that they would challenge it in the court.
"The family would consult legal experts and challenge the matter in the relevant court," the brother of the girl told over phone from Delhi.
"The family is not ready to accept that the sixth accused get anything less than death penalty," the brother said, adding that the minor accused should also get the same punishment of death penalty for which the central government should make necessary changes in the law.
"How can the family accept that the main accused is let off with a mere three year imprisonment," he asked.
On the decision of the juvenile board, the brother said that it is based on his school documents whereas he should have been sent for medical examination.
He expressed apprehension of some kind of "fraud" in mentioning the date of birth in school documents and alleged that the minor accused was the one who had played the main role in the incident.
Earlier on Monday, the sixth accused in the case was declared by the JJB in Delhi as a "minor", which would enable him to walk free by June 4, this year when he attains the age of 18 years.
The accused, who was described as the most brutal of the six accused by the Delhi Police in its charge sheet, was declared as 17 years and six months and 24 days-old (as of today) by the JJB, which relied on his birth certificate and school documents produced before it.
Section 15 (g) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act mandates that a juvenile aged between 16-18 years if convicted of any offence can be sentenced to be sent to a special home for a period of three years at the maximum, and, thereafter, be released on probation.
However, section 16 of the Act also provides that a juvenile can only be kept at the special home till he attains 18 years of age and he cannot be sent to jail thereafter, which in effect will result in his release.
The JJB also rejected the police's plea for bone ossification test of the sixth accused for determining his age.
Lawyers appearing for the prosecution said they appeal against the JJB order in a higher court.
Earlier on January 15, the principal of the school, from where the juvenile had droppoed out, had submitted before the JJB that as per the school records he is 17 years and six months-old.
Source : TOI
January 17, 2013
New Delhi : The five persons accused of gang-raping and killing of a 23-year-old Delhi girl in a moving bus have got lawyers to defend them.
All the accused also assaulted her 28-year-old male friend. Both were thrown out of the bus after around 40 minutes, battered, naked, bleeding and shivering. The lady's friend will be the main witness in the case.
Meanwhile, a lawyer who volunteered to defend one of the six accused, Mukesh, brother of the main accused Ram Singh, said the victim and her friend were responsible for the assault.
Manohar Lal Sharma, a 56-year-old Supreme Court advocate, said the victim's friend was responsible for the attack as the couple should not have ventured out on the streets at night.
He further went on to say that he never heard of a respectable woman being raped in the country.
Speaking to The Independent, Manohar said: 'I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.'
Blaming the victim's friend, Manohar told The New York Times: 'This all happened because of the lust of the boy. This is the boy who should be hanged. He's responsible for everything. He should be punished.'
In an interview with Bloomberg, Manohar was quoted saying that he was 'confident that the men will be proved innocent because there are a number of problems with the police investigation.'
"We will plead not guilty. We want this to go to trial," Manohar told Reuters.
"We are only hearing what the police are saying. This is manipulated evidence. It's all on the basis of hearsay and presumption."
Manohar said the police had rushed through the investigation against the five men even when they were not ready with the key detail of the age of the sixth member of the group, who lured the woman and a male friend into the bus and, according to leaked accounts, was the most brutal in the attack.
"When you have not even established the age of this person, how can you go to court bringing the charges against the others, and say your investigations are complete," Sharma said.
"We all know how police investigations are carried out in India."
Manohar also accused that Mukesh was being brutality tortured in police custody.
Sharma said police had sexually assaulted his client with a stick and humiliated him. "They urinated in his mouth, they did all kinds of things to him. He is facing the same torture now from the jail inmates," he said.
Lawyer VK Anand is representing the main accused Ram Singh, ML Sharma is defending Mukesh, AP Singh is representing Akshay alias Thakur and Vinay Sharma, while the fifth accused Pawan Gupta will be represented by counsel Vivek Sharma.
The sixth accused is a juvenile and his case is being heard by a Juvenile Justice Board.
The police have charged the five under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.
Source : Yahoo News
New Delhi : The school principal of Sahil (name changed), the juvenile arrested in the gang-rape and murder case of a 23-year-old medical student today said he submitted before a Juvenile Justice Board that as per the school records the accused is 17 years and six months old. The juvenile is one of the six arrested men accused of raping and brutally assaulting the medical student, who died less than two weeks after the incident.
The former principal of the school in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, where the juvenile had reportedly studied till Class III, appeared before the Board, presided over by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel.
"We take this as the official record and later on follow the same throughout the academic session, so it could not be doubted," the principal told the media. However, the police says the school never asks the parents to give the child's birth certificate as age proof during the time of admission.
As per the school records, the juvenile accused was 17 years 6 months and 11 days old on the night of the incident. According to the police, the juvenile was one of the most savage attackers, but because of his age, he could be let off with a minimum punishment of three years of imprisonment, even after conviction.
However, if the Juvenile justice board is not satisfied with the school principal's statement and there is doubt about his date of birth, police will be able to conduct an ossification or a bone marrow test to determine his age. If the accused turns out to be an adult, then the police will file a supplementary chargesheet. But if the Juvenile Justice Board concludes that he is a minor then they will file an inquiry report, detailing his exact role in the brutal incident.
Taking note of the submissions made by the school principal, the court has now fixed January 28 as the next date of hearing in the case. The legal aid counsel for the juvenile, advocate Rajesh Tiwari, however, told the media outside the court that on the next date of hearing in the case the Board will hear arguments to decide the age of the juvenile and will thereafter give its verdict whether he is a major or minor.
The horrific incident took place on the night of December 16, 2012 when the 23-year-old medical student and her male friend boarded a private bus from Munirka in south Delhi after watching a movie in a mall. The six men on board brutally assaulted the couple and gang-raped the girl for forty minutes before throwing them out of the bus in a semi-naked state. After bravely fighting against the odds for 13 days, the girl succumbed to her injuries in a hospital in Singapore on December 29.
Source : NDTV
January 13, 2013
BALLIA: Nirbhaya's mother sits alone on a cot in a narrow, windowless room, huddled under a quilt. Outside, her husband and sons are performing the last of the 13-day rites. This is the day when village elders announce Nirbhaya must now, officially, be forgotten. But her mother insists on remembering her.
"That boy Sahil (name changed), everyone calls juvenile; he beat her with an iron rod. He inserted it into her body till it went all the way up and yanked it out, and with it, her intestines. As she shouted for him to stop, he screamed at her, 'Saali, mar! (Die, bitch)' Yet the law calls him a juvenile."
This is the first time that the mother has spoken out. She told TOI that she wants the whole world to know of this horrific act. This was what Nirbhaya told her, the story of the brutality she was subjected to. The words constantly ring in the mother's ears; they have left behind nightmarish memories that no exhortation to forget can erase.
"From nursery onwards, she was a bright child. She always topped her class. We had grand dreams for her. A few lakh rupees cannot replace my child. The culprits beat her to death. Now the only thing that will satisfy us is to see them punished. For what they did to her, they deserve to die."
Family members say there is no dearth of reminders that keep their wounds fresh. On Saturday morning, hours before they began the last rites, the family broke down again, as they went through a bag full of Nirbhaya's clothes.
Her younger brother has saved a lock of her hair as remembrance, while the older one recounted how Nirbhaya, even when she was on ventilator support, asked him whether he was attending his coaching classes regularly.
"He lied; he said he missed just one class, even when he was with her in hospital every day," Nirbhaya's cousin said.
'Told mom every detail'
They may have faced the milling crowds bravely, but inside, as he sees his mother's eyes fill with tears, Nirbhaya's younger brother, says, "We saw what they did to her. She told us, my mother especially, what that man who claims to be a juvenile did to her. Even in the state she was, she told us everything. We want you to know and write of it because that brutality was beyond imagination. He doesn't deserve a second chance; he deserves only death."
Outside, Nirbhaya's father is less vocal. He appears to be stoic about his tragedy. But family members say they've seen him weep bitterly when he's alone. "The night after he arrived, he told us he was shaken by the state Didi was in at the hospital. He told us he suspected she would not survive, but said nothing, knowing it would break Nirbhaya's mother," a family member said.
Now, as the family prepares for 'Noone Milan' (a ceremony where Nirbhaya's father will be allowed to have salt and mingle with the family again), political leaders drop in, one after the other. Cheques are handed out, condolence speeches are made. All the while, Nirbhaya's father sits, his head lowered. He remains silent.
January 13, 2013
London: On her death bed, the 23-year-old Delhi girl who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on a bus, told her mother that she wanted her tormentors to be 'burnt alive' as a punishment for what they did to her.
The grieving mother of the physiotherapy student now says that her soul will never know any rest if the men who tormented her daughter were not hanged.
"She was our life. I want only one thing. I want to see those animals hang," the 46-year-old mother of the young girl told The Sunday Telegraph.
As the culprits face a trial amid a huge outcry in India, the mother recalls how her daughter had expressed in no uncertain terms that she wanted them burnt alive.
"Mama, I want them to be burnt alive," is what the girl had whispered to her mother on her death bed.
The girl, who had suffered severe internal injuries and infection following the brutal attack, died in Singapore on December 29 after being flown to a hospital there for a possible intestine transplant.
Source : Zee News
It was the corrupt practice of allowing transporters to illegally run their buses after-hours that helped the police zero in on the vehicle used in Sunday's gangrape, sources say.
A traffic policeman had reportedly recorded the registration number of the bus in a 'hafta' diary - a record of illegally-plying buses for which bribes have been paid for exemption of prosecution. That immunity from police, however, is seen as the sole reason the gangrape was not detected as no cop intercepted it while it circled the area slowly.
The cop identified the bus when the police relayed the description provided by the victims. It finally led the police to zero in on two transporters with Yadav as their surnames. The bus was culled from a list of 370 chartered buses and the owner Dinesh Yadav was picked up by the police from his Noida Sector 62 residence and brought to verify the description of driver Ram Singh and also identify him after his arrest.
The very fact that the bus was plying illegally for hours on Sunday night with impunity suggests the active collusion of traffic police personnel.
Yadav has contracted the bus to two schools in Noida and South Delhi. He used the bus for picking up passengers after evening and this could not have happened without the connivance of certain personnel in the Delhi Traffic Police which facilitated the illegal operation with rogue driver Ram Singh at the wheels.
His younger brother Mukesh, who allegedly drove the bus around when the 23-year-old girl was subjected to a near unprecedented degree of brutality, had told the police: "mera bhai sharab peene ke baad janwar ban jaata hai" (My brother turns into a beast after consuming liquor).
The entry diary (used by traffic policemen to collect protection money from transporters) gave the exact registration number of the bus which was later corroborated by a police informer who identified the rapists on the basis of the description provided by the male friend of the girl who was also thrashed mercilessly.
The one fact that has left many red faces in Delhi Police is the sheer brazenness of the accused in circling the same stretch multiple times on the fateful night. After brutalizing the girl and throwing her out of the moving bus alongwith her male companion, Mukesh, brought the bus to the same stand at Munirka. Even while the rape was being committed, the bus passed unchallenged by cops on the road.
Mukesh had admitted before the police that he was instructed by his brother to drive slowly while others took turns in raping the girl.
She and her friend were thrown out of the bus during the second round when the bus was negotiating the U-turn below the Mahipalpur flyover. The bus entered Munirka area for the third time after the gangrape and it was taken to Noida by Ram Singh where the bus was washed to erase evidence.
Senior Delhi Police officers admit that there were lapses on part of the Traffic Police that failed to track down buses running illegally after evening hours in the city. Knee-jerk reaction has started to cover the tracks but the National Capital has been shamed, an official said pleading anonymity.
Source : Daily Pioneer
January 10, 2013
Janata Party President Dr Subramanian Swamy today appeared before the Juvenile Court in Delhi to seek intervention in the Vasant Vihar mass-rape case .
Dr Swamy cited Supreme Court cases to first establish his locus-standi in this case .The objective was to seek court's intervention to lower the age of prosecution in the mass-rape case.
The court has fixed January 14 for the arguments, when the court will hear Dr Swamy's arguments "comprehensively".
Dr Swamy said that the current age limit for juvenile crime makes no sense and it should be lowered to 14 years. When a person can commit rape & murder ,how can he be treated as 'juvenile', he asked.
Dr Swamy had earlier sought rapists be tried under terrorists act, as it is an act of terror on women. He also has expresses his views that the rapists should get the harshest possible punishment ,which includes chemical castration.
Dr Swamy will argue in the Juvenile court at 3 PM on january 14.
Source : Janata Party Blog
New Delhi : Even as two of the accused said they intend to plead ‘not guilty’, police investigation has revealed that all six accused had brutally gang-raped the 23-year-old girl inside a moving bus on the night of December 16.
The assault was so vicious that the victim’s intestine and abdominal areas were severely damaged. Doctors at the Safdarjung hospital found that there was loss of a segment of small intestine and a long segment of small intestine was loosely hanging in the abdomen and there was oozing of blood, sources revealed. The victim was so grievously injured that her statements were apparently recorded mainly by her 'gestures'.
The rapists had pinned her down on the backseat and began slapping, kicking and biting her body parts, as the victim tried to resist. Probe revealed that the accused also indulged in ‘unnatural sex’, police sources said.
It was found that after all the six accused raped the victim, they wanted to throw her off the bus. “Yeh ladki toh mar gayee hain, ise phenko bus se (this girl is dead, throw her off the bus),” some of the accused said. They then dragged both to the rear door of the bus.
However, it did not open, so they dragged them to the front door and threw them out near Mahiipalpur flyover. As they fell down, the driver allegedly tried to run over the girl, but her friend pulled her towards him and the vehicle sped off.
The police have recorded the statements of total 80 witnesses in the case.
Source : Deccan Chronicle
New Delhi : Sahil (name changed), a juvenile among six accused in Delhi rape case reportedly has been admitted to Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan hospital after he was beaten up by inmates in juvenile home.
According to the sources, the minor was brutally assaulted and manhandled by juvenile home inmates. Following which, the minor was admitted to LJN hospital where he has undergone stomach surgery.
However, hospital staff denies such reports. According to the doctors, the minor complained of stomach ache after which he has undergone appendix operation.
A senior official of administrative department has confirmed that the appendix has been removed from his stomach. Meanwhile, he denied of any information related to beating up of the accused in the juvenile home.
The hospital staff informed that the health report of the juvenile has been handed over to Juvenile Justice Board by hospital administration. The minor has been admitted to the surgical ward at third floor in the hospital under tight vigil, hospital staff further added.
The juvenile accused in the brutal gang rape-cum-murder of 23 year paramedic on December 16 was arrested by Delhi police on December 21 after which he has been kept in juvenile home situated at Lajpat Nagar area of New Delhi.
Source : Jagran
New Delhi : Sahil (name changed), the juvenile suspect in the New Delhi rape case may be spared an adult trial even if results from a bone test show he is over 18.
Sahil, the sixth defendant accused of raping and murdering a 23-year-old student on a private bus in Delhi will be tried in a juvenile court as his school leaving certificate says he is 17. Police ordered a bone test to determine his age as the certificate could not be verified.
It had been reported that the juvenile was the most brutal of all of the gang. According to police, he ripped out the victim's intestines with his bare hands.
If tried and found guilty in a juvenile court, the maximum sentence he can receive is three years.
However, even if the bone test proves he is over 18, it is unlikely to mean he will face an adult trial as India's Juvenile Justice Act mean the test result cannot take precedence over documentary evidence - the school leaving certificate. The bone density test cannot accurately pinpoint his date of birth.
Medical tests 'casual'
Sudhanshu Ranjan, author of Justice, Judocracy and Democracy in India, told the Times of India: "The reasoning was that the medical test is not foolproof and there is a possibility of variation of two years above or below the real age.
"So documentary evidence is to be relied upon unless it is shown to be forged."
Raj Mangal Prasad, former chairman of the Delhi Child Welfare Committee [CWC], confirmed that in most cases documentary evidence is accepted by the Juvenile Justice Board [JJB] unless forgery is suspected.
"In my years in CWC I also found that medical tests were done casually. JJB is given enormous discretionary powers. They can even reduce the age of the juvenile keeping in mind the evidence before them," he said.
The age at which a juvenile is defined in India was raised from 16 to 18 in 2000 under the Juvenile Justice Act to protect children from gangs.
Following the death of the medical student rape victim, calls have been made by many - including the victim's father - to lower the age.
The trial of the five adult suspects began yesterday. The court was closed to the media and the public to protect the accused. If found guilty, they face the death penalty.
Source : IB Times UK
January 8, 2013New Delhi : The decision to fly the victim of a gang rape that outraged India for treatment in Singapore made little medical sense as the woman was so severely injured that her death was all but inevitable, doctors say.
The government, on the back foot after furious street protests and stinging criticism of authorities over the Dec 16 rape in the capital, New Delhi, has struggled to defend its decision to send the 23-year-old physiotherapy student overseas. She died 48 hours later.
With a deadly infection seeping into her blood from damage done to her intestines during the assault, complicated by a cardiac arrest and damage to the brain, she was just clinging to life when she was flown 2,500 miles (4,000 km) from New Delhi to Singapore late on Dec 26, doctors said.
"It was ethically and morally wrong to have taken her out, given that she was sinking and her chances of survival were next to zero at that stage," said a doctor at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which was advising the team treating the woman at a sister hospital across the street.
"Such a thing raises false hopes in the minds of the family, the community. No doctor in his right mind would do this, unless you want to get the patient off your back," said the doctor, who declined to be identified, saying colleagues at the government-run hospital who had spoken out had been warned of consequences in what has become a politically explosive case.
The woman, who was assaulted by five men and a teenager on a moving bus after a male companion was beaten unconscious, cannot be named under the country law that prohibits identifying victims of rape.
Another doctor who was consulted during the woman's care at New Delhi's Safdarjang hospital, where she was taken following the assault, said she had been getting the best possible treatment in India and the question of why she was shifted should be answered by the government.
Many security officials have said they feared the protests would escalate if the woman had died in New Delhi, but the government has said the only consideration was her wellbeing.
"The idea was to give her the best possible treatment," said Harish Rawat, a government minister who attended a cabinet meeting on the woman's condition and the efforts to save her.
"I don't think the idea was to run away from the problem. Death here or death abroad would still have the same impact," he said. "We felt if there was a chance to save her, it should be tried. Take her to a transplant facility abroad."
At the time of the transfer, authorities at Safdarjang said her condition was critical which was why they decided to move her to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital, which specialised in multi-organ transplant.
But a transplant for her damaged intestine, if at all possible, was months away, doctors said. At the time of her transfer, the woman, unconscious since a heart attack the previous night, was in no condition to go through such an operation.
"One cannot think about intestinal transplant at this moment," Samiran Nundy, the head of surgical gastroenterology and organ transplantation at the Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, was quoted as saying in newspapers.
"First, the infection spreading in her should be stopped, then one can think about transplant."
Within 40 hours of her arrival in Singapore, doctors called her family and told them the end was near, even as millions prayed at home in the hope that she would pull through.
"Sepsis followed by cardiac arrest is a terminal event in 99 percent of cases," said the doctor at AIIMS, referring to blood infection.
"Doctors will have anecdotal evidence about one or two cases in their whole career of somebody who survived. I had one case, a woman, but she too died within a month. Yes, miracles happen, but you were not looking at one in this case. It was clear to everyone, especially after the cardiac arrest."
Source : Economic Times
January 7, 2013
The high point of his life was when he thrust his tightly clenched right fist into the womb of the bruised and battered 23-year-old on the night of December 16. Nothing beat the excitement he felt when he heard her muzzled screams, saw her writhe in extreme pain and watched the blood spurting from her young body.
Monster? Yes, but in the guise of Sahil (name changed as accused is minor as per media reports), 17-year-old who was among six bloodthirsty psychopaths Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Kumar Singh and himself whose unabated brutality triggered an unprecedented outpouring of anguish across the country.
Sahil's cold, matter-of-fact description of the ghastly act shocked even the most seasoned investigators of Delhi Police, who have since labelled him the second most dangerous man in the group after prime accused Ram Singh, the 33-year-old bus driver described as a sex maniac.
It was in east Delhi's Karkardooma, where he worked as a bus cleaner, that he met Ram Singh and grew close enough to lend his savings amounting to Rs.8,000. On the night of the crime, he had gone to Ram Singh's house to ask for the money back. That's when he joined the other five accused, two of whom he had met for the first time.
During the attack, it was Sahil who is said to have suggested the use of an iron rod to not only beat the woman but shove it into her. "After shoving it up her body, they pulled it out forcefully," says the lead investigator. That pulled out her intestines and left them hanging from the body. "After a point, the more the woman screamed in pain, the better they felt, particularly Sahil and Ram Singh," says the lead investigator.
Even the most hardened of policemen, who see blood and gore often, sound shattered at the brutality of the rape. But perhaps the growing dark underbelly of urban India is not yet done with stories that will scar the nation's soul.
Source : India Today
The JJB is believed to have expressed its dissatisfaction over the documents placed before it to determine the veracity of the age of sixth accused, who claims to be 17 years.
The JJB found the documents produced by the Principal as insufficient, sources said.
The Board had asked the principal of the school in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, where the juvenile had purportedly done his initial schooling, to appear before it with some documents.
The Board has now asked the Principal to appear again on January 15 and furnish more authentic documents which can assist them in ascertaining the age of the accused.
The juvenile accused also appeared before the Board comprising three members.
While the juvenile accused is at present lodged in juvenile home, the other five adult co-accused are lodged in Tihar jail and are being proceeded against in a Saket court.
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.
While the charge sheet describes the role of the juvenile accused, the police has not named him in it because of his age. A separate charge sheet will be filed against him after ascertaining his age.
The result of bone age test of the juvenile, who the police said was the most aggressive of the six accused in the crime, is awaited.
Source : DNA
January 7, 2013
The family of the 23-year-old woman who was gangraped in a moving bus in New Delhi on Monday opposed the request of two of the accused to be state witnesses.
The victim's brother said over phone from his native village in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia that as the police have enough evidence in the case, they should not permit any of the accused to turn state witness.
"If the two accused are allowed to become state witnesses, they will get leniency in court. They should be hanged for their heinous crime," the victim's brother said.
"The accused moved the plea to escape the death sentence. Their plea must be rejected," he said.
The victim's father said that there were enough witnesses and there was no need to make any of the accused as witness.
Out of the four accused who were produced before metropolitan magistrate Jyoti Kler in Delhi on Sunday after expiry of their 14-day judicial remand, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma refused the services of a legal counsel and expressed their willingness to become witnesses on behalf of the state.
Of the six accused, one Sahil (name changed) is a juvenile.
Additional standing counsel Rajiv Nanda said, "Many accused try to be state witnesses to avoid maximum punishment. If the investigating agency has enough proof in the gang-rape case, they should not let any of the accused turn witness as it can benefit them."
Source : Hindustan Times
January 7, 2013
The brother of the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim on Saturday said delay in providing medical assistance to his sister led to complications which perhaps led to her death. "She told me that after the incident that she had asked passers-by for help but to no avail and it was only after the highway patrol alerted the police that she was rushed to hospital but it had taken almost two hours", her brother told PTI in their native village in UP.
"By then a lot of blood was lost", he said, adding that "had the passers-by helped and if prompt medical assistance was provided, perhaps her life could have been saved.
He said people need to change their attitude and be ready to extend help. Regretting that consensus could not be reached in the meeting between representatives of the central and state governments on capital punishment in rape cases, he said the family has confidence that on the basis of the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in his sister's case, all the accused would be sentenced to death.
Speaking about his sister, he said she had keen interest in films and was an Aamir Khan fan. 'Talash' was the last film that she had seen with her brothers, he said.
Delhi Police to oppose accused Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma's plea to turn approvers in gangrape case
January 7, 2013
In an obvious ploy to avoid any harsh punishment for their horrendous role in the December 16 gangrape of a 23-year-old , two of the six accused-fruit-seller Vinay Sharma and gym helper Pawan Gupta â sought to turn approvers in the case.
Sharma and Gupta, besides two other accused, were brought to the court of metropolitan magistrate Jyoti Kler in Delhi on Sunday after the expiry of their judicial custody. Sharma and Gupta had earlier confessed to their crime and even sought death penalty for their "heinous act".
Delhi police are not in a mood to let off their quarry easily. Sources told Mail Today that there is no question of any one of the accused being allowed to turn approver in this bestial crime. Delhi police sources said, "All the accused are equally culpable, even if they volunteer to turn approver we will oppose it vehemently. There is overwhelming and clinching evidence - forensic and otherwise - and there is no way prosecution will agree to this type of a scenario. We will vigorously pursue this case to its logical end to see that justice is meted out."
Legal experts said it was far from actually happening. They said the chances of prosecution falling into this trap are bleak. It's only a desperate bid to escape punishment by seeking to become witnesses for the state.
According to law, if an accused becomes an approver in a case of dastardly crime, which means helping the probe agency in gathering crucial evidence and helping the prosecution to establish its case. they could get pardoned or get away with a lighter sentence. In this case, five of the six accused have been booked for serious offences including that of murder (302) and murder in dacoity (396) of IPC which carries a maximum of death penalty. Turning approvers in the case could mean escaping death penalty. The case of the sixth accused, said to be a minor, will be heard by Juvenile Justice Board.
Source : India Today
New Delhi : The Delhi Police has moved an application before the Juvenile Justice Board for the verification of age of the sixth accused Sahil (name changed), who among the six men, who gang-raped he 23-year-old medical student in South Delhi on December 16.
The police are yet to receive the report of his bone ossification test and are treating him as a juvenile on the basis of his school leaving certificate.
Acting in the case, the Juvenile Justice Board has summoned the principal of school where the minor accused, who claims to be 17 years old, studied. The case is slated to be heard on Monday, January 7.
According to the Delhi Police, the juvenile raped the student twice. Once she was unconscious, he extracted her intestine with his hands and suggested she be thrown off the moving bus sans her clothes, says the chargesheet that the police have filed in a Saket court.
Being a minor his trial will be held at the Juvenile Justice Board under the Juvenile Justice Act.
The Juvenile Justice Act has a provision for a maximum sentence of 3 years irrespective of the offense.
Even though the accused is only months away from turning major, but since the law takes cognisance of the age at the commission of offense his trial will be held under the Juvenile Act.
However, since he would be a major by the time he is convicted he cannot be kept at the remand home for boys, and will be kept in Delhi's Tihar jail.
Source : Daily Bhaskar
January 5, 2013
New Delhi : Delhi Health Minister A K Walia on Saturday said the minor Sahil (name changed), who was allegedly part of the group that gang-raped a young paramedical student, should be given the same punishment as the other accused.
"All those responsible, including the minor, must be extended the strictest punishment under the law," Walia said while inaugurating a cartoon exhibition on the issue of saving the girl child and the rising cases of crimes against women today.
After lighting a candle at the venue in memory of the 23-year-old Delhi rape victim, who died in a Singapore hospital on December 29 after battling for life for 13 days, Walia also favoured reduction of upper age limit for juveniles from 18 years to 16.
"Till now, people escape punishment because they are considered as minor under the law. I think the age limit for juveniles should be reduced to 16 years," he added.
Walia said the incident has brought shame to the country. "I feel ashamed that such an incident happened in the national capital."
Source : Zee News
January 5, 2013
A Delhi court took cognizance of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police and the accused will be summoned before it on January 7.
Sahil (name changed), the juvenile accused, who is just a few months short of turning 18, will also be presented before the Juvenile Justice Board on the same day. The Juvenile court has also summoned the principal of the school the sixth, and reportedly, minor accused went to.
According to a CNN IBN report, the school principal’s testimony is important in the juvenile’s case as he will confirm from his school records whether or not the other accused is a minor and hence should be tried by the Juvenile court.
There has been widespread outrage regarding the fact that the 17-year-old accused, who allegedly, caused the most harm to the girl that might have solely led to her death, could walk free since he cannot be booked under the same laws that applies to adults.
January 5, 2013
New Delhi : The case of gang-rape-cum-murder of a Delhi girl moved one step ahead on Saturday with a court here taking cognisance of the chargesheet after the prosecution said according to the DNA report the blood of the victim tallied with the stains on the clothes of all the accused.
Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal took cognisance of the chargesheet saying a case of various offences, including those of murder and gang-rape are made out against the accused and issued warrants for production of the accused on Monday.
"I have perused the chargesheet and other documents. Prima facie offence under sections, 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120-B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention) and 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the IPC is made out against all the accused," the metropolitan magistrate said.
"I take cognisance of the charge sheet and issue summons/ production warrants to all the five accused (Ram Singh, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur) for January 7," she said after hearing the submissions of Additional Public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan.
Delhi Police on January three had filed the chargesheet in the case in which the 23-year-old girl was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16. The girl died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
Source : Zee News
January 5, 2013
New Delhi : BJP today condemned the Delhi Police action against a news channel which aired an interview of the gang-rape victim's friend, saying it is an attempt to muzzle the voice of the people and an attack on freedom of the press.
"Delhi Police cannot muzzle voice of the citizen by lodging a case against the channel. People have a right to know the truth," Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
At a party programme, BJP general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Such behaviour from the police is unacceptable. This is an attack on the freedom of the press."
Prasad criticised the Delhi Police for the undue delay in taking the victim and her friend to hospital on the fateful night.
"The two were lying semi-clad on the road after the incident and police personnel from three PCR vans were arguing for 25 minutes about whose jurisdiction the case falls under and who should take them to hospital," Prasad said.
BJP Mahila Morcha chief Smriti Irani demanded that the Delhi police commissioner be removed.
Suspended BJP MP Ram Jethmalani slammed Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar for not conducting an inquiry and fixing responsibility for the lapse.
"We should have known that this has happened. What is the Police Commissioner doing there? Is he assaulting protesters doing all kind of funny things and what has to be done he doesn't do? Which police inspector is responsible? Which sub-inspector is responsible? The head of the police force should have by now have taken action," he said.
Making a scathing attack on police, he said, "You must believe the injured person more, the police is totally untrustworthy."
"Why this poor boy who has been injured will speak a lie?" Jethmalani asked.
Source : Economic Times
January 5, 2013
At a time when there’s a chorus for showing no leniency to the juvenile among the six arrested for the gangrape of the 23-year-old woman who later died in a Singapore hospital, children’s rights workers are cautioning that laws should not be bent simply because there is public outrage.
Minna Kabir, voluntary children’s rights worker who has long been associated with the legal aid cell at the juvenile justice boards in Delhi, said: “The law says it is not the crime that matters, it is the child standing before you that matters.”
“Why should we treat him as different from other children? If a child has committed a crime, it means society has failed him in one way or another and needs to think about his reform and rehabilitation,” said Kabir whose husband Altamas Kabir is the Chief Justice of India.
She said calls for reducing the age of juvenility for those accused of heinous crimes are unjustified.
“We should strike a balance in our thinking. Instead of reacting with hysteria, various people should come up with constructive ideas to combat the systemic failure that leads to criminality. There is need for proper education, counselling of these children. Society seems to encourage sex, advertisements today are full of sexual situations, we are losing values and that is why such cases are happening,” Kabir said.
Ballia (Uttar Pradesh): Brother of the Delhi rape victim on Friday regretted that the name of one accused was left out in the chargesheet filed on the grounds that he was a minor, saying his crime cannot be taken as any lesser merely on the basis of his age.
"The person who has been left out is just four months from being a major and is well aware of what is right and wrong and he needs to be treated as a major," the victim's brother told reporters here at his native Medawar Kala village here.
He demanded that Delhi police do the needful and include his name in the chargesheet or else the family would be forced to explore legal recourse.
The 23-year-old victim's brother said that just on the ground that he is a minor, his crime cannot be judged as any lesser.
He also asked the media to exercise restraint while reporting on the issue.
Delhi Police yesterday filed its charge sheet in a Delhi court against five men arrested in the case, slapping on them murder, rape, kidnapping and other charges.
The case of the sixth accused, a juvenile, will be filed before the Juvenile Justice Board.
In the 33-page charge sheet, the role of the juvenile offender is also elaborated.
Source : Zee News
January 4, 2013
New Delhi : Sahil (name changed), the sixth accused — alleged to be the most brutal of the lot — has been left out of the chargesheet. According to some reports, he will attain majority in five months.
Under the present law, Sahil (name changed) the juvenile could be free in a few months, even if he gets the maximum three-year sentence. If he is held guilty after turning 18, he can't be kept in a correction home. But a juvenile who has turned 18 can't be transferred to jail since the law does not allow those tried under the Juvenile Justice Act to be kept in a jail meant for adults.
Cops seek juvenile board nod for minor's bone test
Delhi Police is yet to get approval for an ossification test on the accused to ascertain his age. While filing the chargesheet, police told the trial court that the sixth accused had not been named as the date of birth given in his school certificate showed him to be a minor. After the hearing, special public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said a chargesheet would be filed against the juvenile offender shortly and the documentation work for that is less taxing than in the case of the other accused. He said that as per the law, the court will also hold an inquiry to ascertain the age of the juvenile.
"Each one of them (the accused) had a specific role in the commission of the offence. So, they are equally liable for the crime. We have sufficient evidence against all the accused, including the juvenile offender," he said.
Sources said the police moved an application before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Thursday, seeking its permission to get the test conducted for establishing whether the accused is a juvenile or not.
Even as the chargesheet was being filed, some lawyers and others shouted slogans in the court demanding that the accused be handed over to the public. They need not be tried as it was evident that they were the culprits, they contended. They were, however, hushed up by fellow lawyers, who requested the judge to appoint a "spokesperson" who can inform others about the daily developments as the matter has touched public sentiments.
The judge asked them to put their views before the area magistrate concerned on the next date of hearing.
Before the filing of the chargesheet, women lawyers protested in the court complex demanding swift justice and strict action against the perpetrators of such crimes.
January 3, 2013
Several charges, including that of murder which carries death penalty, were on Thursday filed against all the five adult accused in the gangrape case in which a 23-year-old Delhi girl lost her life, prompting nationwide protests recently.
The five, including the driver of the bus in which the gangrape took place on December 16, were charged with 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 case of the sixth accused, a juvenile, will be filed before the Juvenile Justice Board.
In the 33-page charge sheet with annexures running into several hundred pages, was filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover with the prosecution urging the court to keep the document in a sealed cover to protect the identity of the victim and that the proceedings be held in-camera.
The court has posted the matter for hearing on January 5 before the area magistrate who is expected to commit it to sessions for trial.
The prosecution alleged that the crime was executed in a "well-planned" manner.
"We have invoked section 120-B as all the six accused have committed the crime in a well-planned manner," public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan told reporters.
"Each one of them has a specific role in the commission of the offence. So they are equally liable for the crime. We have sufficient evidence against all the accused including the juvenile offender," he said.
Mohan said the DNA report has established the involvement of all the accused in the crime.
The five accused are Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh and their accomplices Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur.
The role of the juvenile offender is also elaborated in the charge sheet.
Apart from the victim's male friend, who was also assaulted in the bus, the charge sheet names around 40 people as witnesses to support its case against the five accused.
The accused have also been charged with attempt to kill the male friend in the bus, whose owner has also been arrested and remanded to police custody by a Tis Hazari court on Thursday.
Police also told the court it would also place before it the charge sheet in electronic form and sought more time for the same saying the annexures to the charge sheet are bulky.
It sought more time for filing the e-charge sheet and was allowed to do so by January 5.
Delhi : Women lawyers shout slogans against police and the government
As the charge sheet was filed, some lawyers and public shouted slogans in the court demanding that the accused be handed over to public. They need not be tried as it is evident that they are the culprits, they contended.
They were, however, hushed up by fellow lawyers, who requested the judge to appoint a "spokesperson" who can during the trial of the case inform one and all about the daily developments as the matter has touched public sentiments.
The judge asked them to put their views before the area magistrate concerned on the next date of hearing.
Before the filing of the charge sheet, women lawyers protested in the court complex demanding swift justice and strict action against the perpetrators of such crimes.
The male friend's maternal uncle, who is also an advocate, told reporters that he would keep a tab on daily proceedings and if the police fails to take up the case properly during the trial, he would move the high court for redressal.
He also said he would also move the high court requesting "for treating the juvenile at par with the other co-accused."
The filing of the charge sheet in the jam-packed court did not go without drama. Before the proceedings, the courtroom was locked from inside and was opened only after the lawyers protested.
The charge sheet was filed 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.
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 would be filed against the juvenile offender shortly and the documentation work for that is less taxing than that in the case of the other accused.
He also said as per the law the court will also hold an inquiry to ascertain the age of the juvenile.
A woman advocate, who is empanelled with the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA), said in any case the accused would be provided with legal aid.
Source : Hindustan Times
January 3, 2013
New Delhi : The law may bestow leniency on him but according to the Delhi Police, Sahil (name changed) the juvenile associate of the men who executed the gangrape of December 16 was the most brutal of them all. According to the chargesheet, the juvenile had subjected the 23-year-old physiotherapist to sexual abuse twice, once when she was unconscious. He extracted her intestine with his bare hands and suggested she be thrown off the moving vehicle devoid of her clothes, it says.
The police, who are yet to receive the report of his bone ossification test and are treating him as a juvenile on the basis of his school leaving certificate, are supposed to file its chargesheet on Thursday.
The police have also obtained the initial postmortem report from Singapore.
"Of all the persons in the bus, two had engaged in the most barbarism — Ram Singh, the main accused in the case, and the juvenile," said an officer.
"Both of them had subjected her to sexual abuse twice. Singh was the first to rape her followed by the juvenile and then Akshay. Later, when she lost consciousness, Singh and the juvenile raped her a second time."
Nabbed from the Anand Vihar ISBT on December 28 and six months shy of officially turning an adult, the juvenile had moved to the city in 2007.
That day, police said, the juvenile had landed at Singh's Ravi Das slum cluster home to demand R8,000 the former owed him. Here, he met the rest of the men.
Around 9.30 pm, he used his peculiar 'sing-song' whistle to lure the couple aboard the bus. The vehicle started moving on a different route, making the victim's companion apprehensive. They shut the only functional door of the bus.
"When the victim's companion objected, Singh passed a lewd comment which triggered an altercation," the officer said.
The first one to engage her companion was the juvenile before Singh attacked the man on his head with the blunt iron rod used as a weapon during the episode.
Source : Hindustan Times
December 31, 2012
New Delhi : A large number of people, but mainly the young, gathered near the Jantar Mantar observatory in the heart of Delhi, pressing the government to enact strict legislation against rape and other crimes.
At least two people are on hunger strike at the spot.
"I'm on hunger strike for the past three days. I will continue my fast until fast-track courts come up to hear cases of sexual harassment," said Babusingh Ram, one of them.
The All India Students Association (AISA), affiliated to the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist, said at least 1,000 members will stage a demonstration in Connaught Place Monday.
Delhi Police have announced a ban on motor traffic in and around Connaught Place from 7 p.m. Monday on the occasion of New Year's Eve.
Three Delhi Metro Stations - Rajiv Chowk, Barakhamba Road and Patel Chowk - will close at 7.30 p.m. Monday.
Commuters would not be allowed to enter or leave the three stations from that time due to security restrictions related to New Year celebrations, a metro official said.
The 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped Dec 16 in a moving bus here was cremated Sunday morning after her body was flown in from Singapore.
On Sunday, Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar, who has come under wide criticism both for the gang-rape and the later police crackdown on street protests, called on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
He was accompanied by Satyendra Garg, who heads the Delhi Traffic Police. Neeraj Kumar later met Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
The meeting followed Dikshit's rare public criticism of the police action against the gang-rape protesters. Delhi Police reports to the central home ministry. Its chief normally doesn't call on the Delhi chief minister.
Source : Daily Pioneer
December 29, 2012
Protesters gathered at Jantar Mantar to mourn the death of 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim on Saturday forced chief minister Sheila Dikshit to turn away from the venue, TV channels report. Dikshit reached Jantar Mantar where around 500 people gathered for mourning the death of the girl at around 2pm but had to beat a hasty retreat as enraged protesters circled and forced her to return.
The chief minister and police tried to reason with the protesters and allow her to be part of the gathering but the demonstrators were in no mood to oblige.
However before leaving Jantar Mantar, she lit a candle and prayed for the departed soul.
"I had gone there to express my grief at the death of the girl," she said when asked about her visit to Jantar Mantar.
"Do you want to politicise somebody's death. Why didn't she come when the protests first began? She even asked police to remove us when we protested outside her residence," a protester said.
Within minutes, she was escorted out of the area by police.
People started gathering at Jantar Mantar at around 10am and sat in silence.
The death the woman in Singapore on Saturday prompted a security lockdown in New Delhi and an acknowledgement from the prime minister that social change is needed.
Bracing for a new wave of protests, the authorities deployed thousands of policemen, closed 10 metro stations and banned vehicles from some main roads in the heart of New Delhi, where demonstrators have converged since the attack to demand improved women's rights.
Hundreds of people staged peaceful protests at two locations on Saturday morning.
The medical student, severely beaten, raped and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi two weeks ago, had been flown to Singapore in a critical condition by the government on Thursday for specialist treatment.
Source : Hindustan Times
December 29, 2012
Delhi Police on Saturday invoked murder charges against the men allegedly involved in the gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus after she died in a Singapore hospital and decided to file the charge sheet in court on January 3, 2013.
Police said it will be their endeavour to ensure the “harshest punishment in the book” to the culprits.
“We hope to file the charge sheet by the 3rd of Jan., 2013. Section 302 of IPC, which is the penal section for murder, has been added in the case,” Dharmendra Kumar, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), said.
He said a Special Public Prosecutor of eminence has been appointed to conduct the trial in a Fast Track Court on a day- to-day basis. “It will be our endeavour to ensure the harshest punishment in the book to the culprits,” he said.
The autopsy of the victim was done by a Singaporean Medical Team and the report will be made available to investigators at the earliest.
“In this moment of national grief following the loss of a young and innocent life to a barbaric crime, we appeal to members of public to stay calm and maintain peace.
“We, in Delhi Police, as citizens of this country are equally saddened, if not more. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved family,” he said.
Police had initially booked the six men under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
The girl had boarded the bus, thinking it to be a legitimate public carriage, from Munirka but was attacked and gang-raped even as her male friend accompanying her tried to protect her. He was also injured in the incident.
The arrested persons are driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Akshay Singh alias Thakur, Pavan and Vinay. The sixth person apprehended claimed that he is a minor and police have sought the court’s permission to get a bone test to ascertain his age.
One accused remanded to judicial custody
Meanwhile, Thakur was remanded in judicial custody for 12 days by a Delhi court.
Thakur, who was the last one to be arrested in the case, was produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma after expiry of his day-long police custody.
“He (Thakur) is remanded to judicial custody. Let he be produced on January 9,” the court said after the police did not seek his further custody.
Thakur had been remanded in police custody on Friday for a day to recover the remaining case property and clothes which he and other arrested five co-accused were wearing while allegedly raping and brutally assaulting the victim.
After the day-long custody, the police did not seek his further remand as they recovered the articles, which had not been recovered earlier.
The investigating officer in the case told the court that they have seized the clothes of the accused worn on the night of incident and also the mobile of the girl and ATM card of her male friend and other valuables at the instance of Thakur.
It also said the victim’s male friend, a 28-year-old software engineer had identified the valuables, which were robbed from them after the incident.
The police told the court that victim's friend had even identified the ring, which girl was wearing on that night.
Thakur was arrested on December 21, 2012 and underwent test identification parade on December 26.
Besides him, the others arrested in the gangrape case are in judicial custody till January 6.
Source : The Hindu
December 29, 2012
She "passed away peacefully" with her family and officials of the Indian embassy by her side," said Dr. Kevin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth hospital where she had been treated since Thursday. "The Mount Elizabeth Hospital team of doctors, nurses and staff join her family in mourning her loss," he said in a statement.
He said the woman had remained in an extremely critical condition since Thursday when she was flown to Singapore from India. "Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth Hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days. She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome."
The woman and a male friend, who have not been identified, were traveling in a public bus after watching a film on the evening of Dec. 16 when they were attacked by six men who took turns to rape her. They also beat the couple and inserted an iron rod into her body resulting in severe organ damage. Both of them were then stripped and thrown off the bus, according to police.
Indian police have arrested six people in connection with the attack, which left the victim with severe internal injuries, a lung infection and brain damage. She also suffered from a heart attack while in hospital in India.
Indian High Commissioner, or ambassador, TCA Raghanvan told reporters that the scale of the injuries she suffered was "very grave" and in the end it "proved too much.
He said arrangements are being made to take her body back to India
The frightening nature of the crime shocked Indians, who have come out in their thousands for almost daily demonstrations, demanding stronger protection for women and death penalty for rape, which is now punishable by a maximum life imprisonment. Women face daily harassment across India, ranging from catcalls on the streets, groping and touching in public transport to rape.
But the tragedy has forced India to confront the reality that sexually assaulted women are often blamed for the crime, which forces them to keep quiet and not report it to authorities for fear of exposing their families to ridicule. Also, police often refuse to accept complaints from those who are courageous enough to report the rapes and the rare prosecutions that reach courts drag on for years.
After 10 days at a New Delhi hospital, the victim was brought to the Mount Elizabeth hospital, which specializes in multi-organ transplant. But by late Friday, the young woman's condition had "taken a turn for the worse" and her vital signs had deteriorated. It was clear then that she would not survive long.
Indian attitudes toward rape are so entrenched that even politicians and opinion makers have often suggested that women should not go out at night or wear clothes that might be seen provocative.
Other politicians have come under fire for comments insulting the protesters and diminishing the crime.
On Friday, Abhijit Mukherjee, a national lawmaker and the son of India's president, apologized for calling the protesters "highly dented and painted" women, who go from discos to demonstrations.
"I tender my unconditional apology to all the people whose sentiments got hurt," he told mediapersons.
Separately, authorities in Punjab took action Thursday when an 18-year-old woman killed herself by drinking poison a month after she told police she was gang-raped.
State authorities suspended one police officer and fired two others on accusations they delayed investigating and taking action in the case. The three accused in the rape were only arrested Thursday night, a month after the crime was reported.
"This is a very sensitive crime, I have taken it very seriously," said Paramjit Singh Gill, a top police officer in the city of Patiala.
The Press Trust of India reported that the woman was raped Nov. 13 and reported the attack to police Nov. 27. But police harassed the girl, asked her embarrassing questions and took no action against the accused, PTI reported, citing police sources.
Authorities in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh also suspended a police officer on accusations he refused to register a rape complaint from a woman who said she had been attacked by a driver.
Source : TOI
New Delhi : The death of Delhi Police constable Subhash Tomar, who had collapsed during the crackdown on anti-gangrape protesters at Delhi's Indian Gate on Sunday, and the different versions about the entire incident has raised several questions. While Delhi Police officials maintain that Tomar was assaulted by the protesters and suffered severe injuries, a man claiming to be an eyewitness and a doctor, who had examined the policeman after he was brought to the hospital, have made statements contradicting the police version.
The post mortem report of Tomar says that he had suffered serious injuries and a few of his ribs were fractured before the heart-attack. The report says Tomar suffered serious ante-mortem injuries. Tomar had myocardial infarction and its complication that could be precipitated by ante mortem injuries to neck and chest produced by blunt force impact. The report also says that effusion of blood was present in soft tissues and muscles of neck.
Yongendra, a journalism student, claims he was present when the constable collpased and says he did notice any injury marks on Tomar's body. Medical Superintendent at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, S Sidhu, also said that no major external injury marks were found on the body of the deceased constable and that he suffered a knee injury and a chest bruise. He added that Tomar had already suffered a cardiac arrest before he was brought to the hospital.
Tomar's death and the controversy surrounding it has raised several questions.
Are Delhi Police officials trying to discredit the anti-rape protesters by blaming them for a policeman's death?
Even if Tomar suffered a cardiac attack, could it not have been due to the fact that he and his colleagues were involved in the crackdown?
Is it possible that Tomar may have been assaulted by one group of protesters and another group may have helped him?
While the post mortem report contradicts the eyewitnesses and RML doctor, why did the hospital say that he had not suffered any severe internal injury?
Source : IBN
After a controversy over his comments deeming students participating in protests in Delhi “dented, painted women”, Mukherjee said that he would not apologise for his statement and would just withdraw it if some people had taken offence to it.
“I fully accept I made the statement. I found the protester was not a student and was 35-36 years old…I am talking about students only….I just said it is not a students movement,” he told CNN-IBN.
“The woman I saw was no student. My comment is based on that. What I felt I told. If it offends someone I apologise….I have no right to offend anyone’s sentiment,” he said.
Defending his comments against students and women, Mukherjee said, “I have certain ideas. I know what students look like. I have been a student too. If you want to see how I perceive students then you should come with me to a university,” he said.
The MP refused to acknowledge that his sentiments were completely unwarranted and unnecessary.
“You cannot force me to change my beliefs,” he said.
However, his sister perhaps realised the extent of the faux pas that her brother had committed and apologised for the statement.
“I am shocked at my brother’s statement, my apologies on behalf of my brother,” Sharmistha Mukherjee said.
She urged for sensitisation of men over women’s issues, while not mentioning her brother.
“My father would not be happy with this statement. I am quite surprised that my brother made such a statement,” she said.
However, father Pranab Mukherjee has not yet reacted to his son’s comments. He is said to be travelling at the moment.
Expectedly the reaction to Mukherjee’s comments were less than pleasant with many people on social media criticising him for his statements.
Mukherjee’s comments are part of a long line of sexist comments made by the MPs and other leaders against women. And unfortunately as we’ve pointed out earlier it doesn’t just extend to our male leaders and our women leaders as well who seem to find it incapable of supporting women if it comes in the way of their administration of extension of rule.
Perhaps our leaders need to realise that every protest isn’t an attempt to usurp power or topple them. And that a majority of women in India could do with all the help they can get in order to improve their plight.
Also if you wondered why Abhijeet Mukherjee never made it to mainstream politics and should be prevented from reaching it, you have your answer.
Source : First Post
In the backdrop of the Delhi rape case, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee President Botsa Satyanarayana on Monday stirred a controversy by questioning the need for women to roam in streets at midnight.
"Do we roam in streets at midnight as we got Independence at midnight? It would have been better if the girl did not travel by a private bus at that time," the Pradesh Congress Committee president, who is also the state Transport Minister, told reporters in Hyderabad.
However, realising the possible fallout of his remarks, Satyanarayana re-convened a press conference and retracted his words.
"As a father myself, I only tried to express my anguish," he clarified.
"What happened was very unfortunate and I strongly condemn it," he said.
He also expressed his regret for having hurt the feelings of women and said the government should ensure safety and security of all.
Source : Rediff
December 26, 2012
A 23 year old paramedic student from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, who in Delhi for internship is struggling for a week now for her life. This is not just a personal tragedy for her, but a societal tragedy, considering that she wanted to save other lives through the noble medical profession.
Without getting into the gory details of what happened to her, it is sufficient to state that she became yet another casualty of sexual crime in Delhi. For starters, we are talking mostly about Delhi city, which forms most part of the Delhi (semi) state.
At the national level, her suffering and intense pain has not gone unnoticed, like it did for 1000s of cases in recent years. It has spawned off mass protests across India, particularly in Delhi city. One of our online friend aptly summed up this particular crime - “Please don't call these rapists as animals. Animals don't rape and then try to kill. These humans are far worse”. Our sincere hope is that she survives, she gets the justice, the crime perpetrators are severely punished so that such ghastly incidents do not occur again. But deep inside, we know that our wish is more of a wish on the punishment part, and less of a practical chance.
Read further and you will understand why we are pessimistic here
To start with, Delhi is ruled by a woman Chief Minister for three terms now. But unfortunately, she blames the porous borders and migrants for rapes. Worse, she is not even in the city, when a massive protest breaks through against this rape we are talking about. So the reality is different from what she claims or analyzes. It is a combination of our electoral system letting sex crime charged men becoming law makers, our system's utter disregard to speedily punish the sex offenders, and the lack of initiative from the ruling class to make the nation more safer for women. Only blaming on some out of state migrants is not going to stand any scrutiny.
So we will dissect the key problems, starting at the national level, and then going into state/city level, followed by a few solutions for women to secure themselves. Read on…
Problem 1: India's Law Makers are not seriously outraged at sexual crimes
The crime against women is rampant in India. Since the current coalition government UPA came to power in the year 2004's May, approximately, 58 females are raped in India every single day. Here is how the number is computed, based on the statistics that the National Crime Records Bureau provides.
Year 2004 (7 months in power) 6333
Year 2005 18,359
Year 2006 19,348
Year 2007 20,737
Year 2008 21,467
Year 2009 21,397
Year 2010 22,172
Year 2011 24,206.
Now going by the same growth in crime numbers, 2012 can be guesstimated as 26,000.
These are the reported rape cases only, and also excludes other forms of crime against women, like molestation and abduction.
These are not mere numbers. Each woman has suffered here. Each girl or woman has a story of brutal assault to tell (if she is still alive). But we "outrage" for select few. Between Jan 1st 2008 and Dec 31st 2011, a staggering 1814 women got raped in Delhi itself, the seat of power in India where all parliamentarians live and work. That's 38 women per month. How many went to the Rajya Sabha like the current case? That shows that law makers mostly focus on what is a burning issue in the media or on the street, and lose focus of victims who didn't get enough coverage, unfortunately.
Now after all this, when the ruling Congress party says, "Delhi rape should not be mere statistic", it shows how hollow their understanding and will to fight this menace. Also, other MPs like Jaya Bachchan who voiced their opinion in the Rajya Sabha, need to be more consistent. She should have also talked to her party's CM in Uttar Pradesh when nearly 8.4% of India's rapes occurred in UP last year.
Here is the worst factor about the administration's apathy. In spite of even the Supreme Court convictions, for the rarest of the rare crime deserving death penalty, the former President Pratibha Patil pardoned 35 criminals. A whopping 22 of them had killed women or children (while raping many during the crime). Where was the "outrage" dear MPs? What message does this send to the 1000s of victims of sexual crime in India?
Over the last 8 days since the brutal assault of Delhi bus, while we've been "outraging" on the social media with #DelhiGangrape tag, 464 more girls/women would have been raped in India going by data averages. That is the level of severity of the situation, but unfortunately, our MPs don't get it.
Problem 2 : India's temples of democracy have law makers with sexual and other crime charges
Now this bothers more than anything. Is the will power of the administration weak, because there are law makers who have sexual and other crime cases against them, across India?
Take a look :
189 out of 403 MLAs (Members of Legislative Assembly) in Uttar Pradesh have criminal cases in their declared affidavits. 146 out of 287 in Maharashtra and 139 out of 241, analyzed in Bihar, have criminal cases.
162 out of 540 Lok Sabha MPs have criminal cases. That's a shocking 30% of law makers of the lower house of India's parliament. Similarly, 38 out of the 232 Rajya Sabha MPs have criminal cases listed in their affidavits. That's 16% of the members of India's upper house of the parliament. And these MPs make law for rest of India, which is a big tragedy.
Among the parties, all the major ones have bad apples. Congress party, the ruling one in India today, has 305 MLAs/MLCs/MPs with criminal cases. BJP the prime Opposition party, has 313 and SP the ruling party of India's biggest state, has 125 such tainted MPs/MLAs. In the percentage terms, JMM has 82% with criminal charges, SS has 77%, TRS has 67%, SP has 48% & JDU has 47%. See the image below for details.
The share of Criminal MPs/MLAs/MLCs in the worst states (more than 1/3rd of law makers with charges) is as follows: Jharkhand 74%, Bihar 58%, Maharashtra 51%, Kerala 48%, UP 47%, Delhi 45%, HP 39% and WB 35%.
Here's even a bigger shocker. Six MPs/MLAs/MLCs have declared rape charges in their affidavits. They are KV Prasad of TDP, JG Ahir of BJP, MA Khan of BSP, A Sanda of SP, MK Paras of SP and B Sharma of SP.
A total of 141 murder, 352 attempt to murder, 145 theft, 90 kidnapping & 75 dacoity charges were found by those analyzing the affidavits of these members. See the references section for sources.
Kameshwar Baitha, a JMM MP in India, has an astonishing 35 criminal cases against him. Pradeep Maharathy, a BJD MLA has 26 and Pradip Kumar, a JDU MLA has 18 cases listed. With such MPs, only Bhagwan can help Bharat!
We hope by now you got an idea of how rotten the system is, that is supposed to clean up the dangerous streets.. Worse, many of these tainted law makers reside right in the heart of Delhi.
Problem 3 : India's capital has a horrible track record of safeguarding its females
You can make out the entire situation, when you just listen to Delhi state's Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. She said after last week's ghastly incident, "I could not muster courage to visit the rape victim. But met her family and doctors". This, coming from a woman, that too a CM, tells you the pathetic situation of Delhi.
Just look at the number of rapes in Delhi over the past 4 years.
466 during 2008.
469 in 2009.
507 in 2010.
572 in 2011.
It could be getting worse in 2012, based on what we read and see in media so far.
The numbers clearly show that it is progressively getting worse under Sheila's Congress regime. It's not that other cities don't see such crime, and they do. But the sheer volume of rapes in Delhi tells us that something is very much rotten in this city. For instance, look into the top 6 cities in India. The combined number of rapes in 2011 from Mumbai (221), Bengaluru (97), Chennai (76), Hyderabad (59) and Kolkata (46) equals 499, while Delhi's alone is 453. Obviously, Delhi has been nicknamed the “Rape Capital of India”, not without a solid reason. We saw a news item that the Delhi bus where the brutal rape was happening, passed through five police picket points. Yes, 5 and Delhi police still slept. And this in the heart of India, where there are sufficient cameras and lighting arrangements.
Problem 4 : It's not budget, training or police strength, but something else is the problem in Delhi
If you analyze the crime data, focusing exclusively on the heinous crime of rape, here is how Delhi will stand in front of other states. Let's first pick the safest (for women) big states and most dangerous (for women) big states. Then we will dig into a comparison with Delhi, even though Delhi is not truly a big state. But since it is a very key state of India comprising the nation's capital, a comparison will be needed.
The safest 5 big states for women (Rate of rapes per population) in 2011 :
1. Gujarat (0.7 per lakh population)
2. Bihar (0.9)
3. Tamil Nadu (0.9)
4. Karnataka (1.0)
5. Uttar Pradesh (1.0)
Politically, none of the above were ruled by Congress party in 2011, which is a strange coincidence.
The worst 5 big states for women (Rate of rapes per population) in 2011 were :
1. Asom (5.5)
2. Madhya Pradesh (4.7)
3. Chhattisgarh (4.1)
4. Kerala (3.4)
5. Haryana (2.9)
Politically, three of the above had Congress party CMs in 2011, which is a again a strange coincidence.
Many people would be shocked by now as to how the notorious reputation holding UP and Bihar are among the safest states for women. Yes they are! Bihar 934 rapes in 10.38 crore population and UP 2042 for 19.96 crore. Overall, bigger states like Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu keeping the rate at 1 or below per lakh, compared to Delhi's rape rate of 3.4, tells us that something is terribly wrong in Delhi. This 3.4 figure puts Delhi right along with the 4th worst big state in India. And, since it is a capital region, a lot more focus on it makes it take the center stage.
Now let's review other factors beyond rate of occurrence.
Police Budget: Karnataka, with 129 times more area & 4 times more population than Delhi, gets only 63% of the police budget earmarked for Delhi. Still 3.4 times more safer for women then Delhi. Why?
Delhi police's annual budget is a whopping Rs.3,867 crore paid by the union of India's tax pool. Still they fail miserably compared to all other cities. In comparison, Mumbai police budget was Rs. 650 crore, and they fared much better in protecting women at a rate of 1.2 rapes per lakh people, compared to 2.8 in Delhi. Why?
Police Training: Delhi state got Rs.201 crores last year, just for police training. That's 28% of the entire India's police training budget! Still they fail badly compared to most states, even though sizewise it is a tiny area to safeguard. Why?
Police Strength: Gujarat with 4 times more population per policeman and 152 times more area to cover per policeman, managed to keep rapes far below the Delhi state's rate (4.9 times better). Numerically, Gujarat had 1 cop per 907 people and 3.04 sq KM, while Delhi had 1 cop per 223 people and 0.02 sq KM. But GJ recorded 439 rapes (at 0.7 per lakh people) while DL state recorded 572 (3.4 per lakh). Why?
Similarly, in 2011, the Police strength in Karnataka was 81,842, while Delhi's was 82,818. In terms of area, KA is 129 times bigger than DL state!! Still Delhi police fared 3.4 times worse in comparison to a huge state. Why?
So what could be the problem? Is it the lackluster ability demonstrated by the administration in Delhi that is a combo of state and union governments? Is it the focus on safeguarding a large number of VVIPs that distracts Delhi police from their basic job of protecting people? Maybe.. Your guess is as good as ours. We have presented enough numbers for you to leave us a comment as to what is the problem precisely.
So what are the solutions to keep women safe?
Now that we have seen 4 categories of problems in India and Delhi, we need to go in for some solutions. Those solutions, can't be fully dependent upon the government, as remember.. the same UPA government promised you a "strong" Lokpal, to bring the black money back in 100 days of assuming power and a "strong" action against the corrupt every time a mega scam popped out. So expecting a serious and quick action from the current government is hard. If they really wished, they could have reduced the rape pandemic problem with just three steps.
Government solution 1 : The easiest way to reduce rapes & molestations in Delhi is to mandate all female members of political families to travel in public transport. When the politicians' family needs to be secured, automatically, others will be secured too.
Government solution 2 : The only way you can prevent a rape is for the law to let the would-be-rapist know.. "this will be the last sexual intercourse you will ever have in life".
Government solution 3 : As plenty of placards held yesterday, death penalty for rapists. Here, even the staunchest opponent of the BJP party, must admire L.K. Advani for his stance on rape cases. He wanted and still wants a death penalty for rapists.
While we wait (till cows come home), for this government to implement any of these or better solutions, there are ways women can secure themselves, particularly in Delhi.
Practical solution 1 : Beware of the men you know. Suspect everyone to be safe! Yes, this may sound bizarre, but ladies, we have analyzed the NCRB sourced statistics about rapes in India. The gist is that, 93% of the rapes were committed by people that the victim knew! In 2011, out of the 24,206 rape victims, 22,549 knew their offenders. 267 were parents or close family, 1,560 were relatives, 7,835 were neighbours, 12,887 were other known people.
Practical solution 2 : Though it is for westerners, Indian women can learn a lot from this.. "Through a rapist's eyes… how to prevent rape"
Practical solution 3 : Ladies, a rape is nothing but a predator "hunting" down a prey. 24 steps here on how to avoid being a rape victim. 'How to Prevent a Potential Rape' Rape is not an accidental phenomenon, but it is a well planned and executed crime. A rapist's plan and action is almost like a murder attempt with precise planning in most cases.
Source : IBTL
New Delhi : New-age protests, spontaneous and often apolitical, are proving a severe test for Congress with insiders dubbing the Centre's handling of the agitation over the Delhi rape as a failure of political and administrative management.
The police action and lockdown of India Gate following the mass protests over the rape that has left the 23-year-old victim battling for life saw Congress leaders, office-bearers and ministers criticizing government managers for an inadequate response.
The verdict in the party is that government failed to connect with young people who were moved by a genuine concern and did not necessarily have political affiliations. "This was different from other agitations. And we should have connected with them faster," minister for water resources Harish Rawat said.
The sentiment found a wide reflection among Congress leaders who wondered at the government not having devised a more sophisticated response despite being rocked by protests led by Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev since early 2011.
"We have come up short every time," said a minister who pointed out that home minister Sushilkumar Shinde's poorly articulated response to the protests only made matters worse. The minister's choice of words and phrases, although not ill-intentioned, were wholly inadequate.
As the protests took on an anti-Congress hue, the government came across as working from behind police lines rather than engaging protestors. "At least one leader should have had the courage to come out and talk to protestors. Why are we so scared," said a functionary.
If Congress is faltering in the face of new forms of mobilization, the problem seems to lie in its lack of understanding of the changed paradigm in an age where social media sets the agenda.
Contrary to known political rivals taking to the streets over predictable political issues, free agents like college and school goers are coming out in anger over concerns like safety of women and corruption.
The shift was first evident when Hazare's call against corruption brought out thousands onto the streets of India's cities. Despite Congress alleging a saffron hand, there was no diminution of public participation. Both Ramdev and activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal have managed to hold the popular imagination.
The gruesomeness of the assault on Delhi's rape victim became a trigger point for rising anger over poor safety and failing urban governance. A minister, who said the incident had left him horrified, maintained that the public reaction was justified.
"Governments now have short reaction time. They have to learn to engage with mobs, and they cannot be treated like hoodlums contrary to police training. Above all, governments would do better to pre-empt such protests by taking action on potential trigger points, like security for women, service delivery, power situation," a leader said.
Source : TOI
Awareness in Delhi citizens against the Govt. is the first step towards establishment of Hindu Rashtra !
Pujya Sandeep Alashi
H. H. Dr. Athavale of Sanatan Sanstha and patriotic and devout citizens are fighting for establishment of Hindu Rashtra. Although the battle for establishment of Hindu Rashtra is going to be fought mainly through ‘Subtle’, the importance of fight through the ‘Gross’ is no less. H.H. Dr. Athavale and Saints are already fighting this battle through ‘Subtle’.
Seekers and various Sects are working through ‘Gross’. By sowing the seed of revolution amongst people of Delhi, God has intensified this battle through ‘Gross’. It has been observed in the past that ‘Attempts to suppress any revolution have failed as the revolution always re- surfaced on suppression’. Revolution by patriots was successful leading to independence; even now, Hindu Rashtra, as expected by H. H. Dr. will be successful through the revolution of people who are now getting awakened. Those, who have doubts about establishment of ‘Hindu Rashtra’, can be given the above example.
- Pu. Sandeep Alashi, Sanatan Ashram, Ramnathi, Goa (Margasheersha Shu. 12, Kaliyug Varsha 5114, 24.12.2012 )
Source : Dainik Sanatan Prabhat
The Central Home Minister, Mr. Sushilkumar Shinde said to a reporter of one news channel during his interview, “We were criticized at all levels; but ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan’ is an important place in our country. The demonstrators were causing damage to the public property in ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan’; the situation was going out of control. Rioters joined the demonstrators; therefore, we had to use force. One police staff member has been seriously injured in the stone-pelting by the demonstrators. It was difficult to search and take action against rioters in the mob of 3000 people.” (Mr. Shinde must tell why such situation was created in the first place. The citizens have to take to the roads for these incidents which are sins of the Government. Mr. Shinde should take its responsibility. Indifference of the Government forces people to take to the roads for protesting and to shake the Government and that is what the people were doing. Why did the Congress rulers not face the demonstrators? In a country ruled by democratic government, if the elected representatives of people are not trying to understand the sentiments of people, they need to be replaced; that is the only alternative before people and they will do it soon! – Editor SP)
Says, “It’s difficult to meet the demonstrators!”
When asked that why he didn’t meet the demonstrators, Mr. Shinde said, “It is very easy to say that the Home Minster should go where demonstrations were held and meet them; but it is not possible. Tomorrow, if BJP workers stage agitation or armed Maoists revolt, will it be practical for Home Minister to meet them? (BJP is one of the main political parties in this country. It is expected in democracy that a minister meets the political party in connection with agitations staged by that party; then why should Home Minister feel it was impossible? How can he compare armed Maoists with un-armed young men and women holding demonstrations in lawful manner ? – Editor SP) Orders have been issued to conduct inquiry into violence at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan.” (Inquiry should be conducted not into the violence but about the oppression of women by the police ! – Editor SP)
Source : Dainik Sanatan Prabhat
A small group of people gathered at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday demanding stringent punishment to those involved in the gangrape of a young girl even as India Gate remained out of bounds for demonstrations.
The protest on Christmas day was much thinner than that of previous days.
Although the protest was scheduled to start from 8 am, it began only after 9.30 am.
A handful of protesters shouting slogans like 'We want Justice' demanded severe punishment to those arrested on charges of raping the 23-year-old para-medical student from Dehradun on the night of December 16 on a moving bus here.
“Today the crowd is much less than that of yesterday. It is not more than 200 people. It has been peaceful till 1 pm,” said a police official posted in the area.
University and college students gathered at Jantar Mantar and shouted slogans against the police action on the protestors on Sunday.
The protestors were much toned down as the news of the death of a police constable injured in Sunday's India gate clash reached the area.
The national capital continued to wear a look of a heavily fortified fortress with large deployments of police across central Delhi. Roads leading to India Gate and Raisina Hills were blocked to ensure that no protests took place there.
With the crowd of the protestors getting thinner with every passing day, a small group of youths suggested asking people to spare a day in a year to gather at Jantar Mantar to protest against rape and molestation incidents.
“To be honest the nobody has time to spend day after day protesting against rape. So we have come up with an idea where we will take phone numbers from people who are willing to protest and arrange a day when they will be available for protests,” said Punit, one of the protesters
Both the protestors and the police shared a lighter moment after a monkey entered the area and started jumping on the shoulders of the some of the agitators and police officials.
Source : Indian Express
- A state like emergency by Congress rulers will force the people to revolt !
- Orders prohibiting assembly promulgated in entire Delhi
- Agitation by supporters of Yogarushi Ramdeo Baba on Jantar-Mantar
- Seven Metro stations closed
- Ban on dissemination of news by TV channels
- Retired Army Chief V. K. Singh injured in lathicharge
- Revolution is unavoidable in the nation where young men and women agitating for a just cause since last 2 days forgoing thirst-hunger, sleep dwell !
- Agitating young men and women not backing up despite use of water cannons in extreme cold of New Delhi, lathicharge, and use of teargas shells by police are true ideals of the nation !
- Bharatiya citizens, realise that not a single political party participated in your agitation since last 2 days, and take it for granted that you will have to carry on your fight in future on your own !
New Delhi : The young men and women agitating on Rajpath since Saturday, the 22nd December for the demand to hang the rapists involved in the rape on a young woman in New Delhi were forcibly removed by police on Sunday morning. The police have promulgated prohibitory orders throughout the Delhi city, except at Jantar-mantar in order to prevent further agitations. Similarly, 7 Metro rail stations were closed to prevent demonstrators from reaching this area.
All the roads leading to Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, North Block, and Vijay Chowk were also closed for traffic. Similarly, the TV channels have been barred from disseminating news about agitations so as to prevent news from reaching all over the world. Despite all the stringent steps taken by the authorities, the demonstrators in thousand started a gathering and conducting agitations at Vijay Chowk on Rajpath since the morning of Sunday, the 23rd December. The police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators gathered on Rajpath, and lathicharged them. Few demonstrators were injured in the lathicharge. Many agitators are taken into custody. Police used water cannons to disperse the demonstrators gathered near the Rail Bhavan. However, the demonstrators declared that they will not end the agitations till the rapists are hanged.
Agitation turning violent
The indolence on the part of Congress rulers and repression by police may cause the agitation by young men and women turning violent. The demonstrators incensed by constant lathicharge by the police threw stones at the police. They overturned a police vehicle and set fire to wooden barricades at one place. The reaction of the agitating youngsters was, ‘Our agitation will continue till this fire keeps burning.’
Police claim that the activists of political parties participating in agitation
The agitation, which commenced from 22nd December has spread twice instead of abating. The police sent a report to their superiors that some ant-social elements and activists of political parties participated in the agitation.
Agitation continued during the whole night
The demonstrators were agitating since the morning of Saturday, the 22nd December. There were several instances of tension building between police and demonstrators till late in the night on that day. Police lathicharged these demonstrators in the morning and the evening. Due to the severity of the agitation, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde held a meeting with the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in the evening. Later, Mr. Shinde declared in the press conference, the suspension of 6 policemen as being responsible for the incident of rape. But he averred that there is no need to convene special Parliament session over the issue.
Demand to conduct the hearing of the case in fast-track court
The youngsters have started a signature campaign to demand that the hearing of the rape case be conducted in a fast-track court, and the case be decided as early as possible. The students have so far collected 67,000 signatures on the petition. The list of signatures will be submitted to the President and the Chief Justice of Supreme Court. The youngsters have also sought time from the President and the Chief Justice of Supreme Court for this.
Media representatives also lathicharged
Media representatives were also injured in a lathicharge by police on demonstrators near India gate. A camera of a TV photographer was also damaged in this incident.
The supporters of Yogarushi Ramdeo Baba lathicharged
The supporters of Yogarushi Ramdeo Baba were agitating at Jantar-mantar on the morning of Sunday, the 23rd December demanding hanging of rapists. Retired Army Chief V. K. Singh had also participated in the said agitations. Police lathicharged the demonstrators and dispersed them. Mr. Singh was injured in this lathicharge. The police have registered a crime against the supporters of Yogarushi Ramdeo Baba for conducting the agitations without taking prior permission. (The police avoiding to register a case against fanatics indulging in riot at Azad Maidan, Mumbai, do not hesitate to register offence against the devotees of a saint, who were agitating in a lawful manner. This indicates the inevitability of Hindu Rashtra ! – Editor SP) Yogarushi Ramdeo Baba was obstructed by police near Pragati Maidan when he was on his way to participate in agitations.
Demonstrators lathicharged again at 6.30 a.m.
On Sunday, the 23rd December, the police once again lathicharged the young demonstrators conducting agitation, at 6.30 a.m. in a bitter cold climate. They were herded in a bus and escorted out of Delhi city.
Heavy lathcharge again in the evening at India Gate
1. Police again lathicharged the demonstrators agitating at India gate at 5 p.m. and drove them away from there.
2. Male police lathicharged women agitators. (When the demonstrators included young women, the Delhi police not involving any lady police in the action are traitors to law ! Such police deserves to be taken action against them ! Such police will be heavily punished as per law in Hindu Rashtra ! – Editor SP)
3. The demonstrators were dispersed by police with the continuous use of teargas shells and water cannons. As a result, many young men and women were injured. On this occasion, when agitators threw stones at police, the police also threw back stones at the agitators. (Who gave police a right to throw stones ? – Editor SP)
4.The police also dispersed the photographers of TV channels. Since the police moved away OB vans of TV channels used for the live telecast, the live telecast was interrupted for some time.
Demonstrators again gathering at India Gate
The agitators who were dispersed by police on using force, once again gathered at India Gate. (This indicates the perseverance of the agitators. Only such agitators can make the agitation successful ! – Editor SP)
Assurance of inactive Sonia Gandhi to agitators : The accused will be punished as soon as possible !
‘I am with you. The accused in gang rape case will be punished soon, but I can't tell how much time it will take because the issue will be handled as per judicial procedure.’ This assurance was given by Congress President Sonia Gandhi on meeting the agitators in the midnight of 22nd December. Mrs. Gandhi met the agitators outside her residence at 10, Janpath.
Even after meeting Sonia Gandhi, the demonstrators, gathered near Rashtrapati Bhavan did not disperse. Therefore, the police again lathicharged them there. Many of the demonstrators were taken into custody at midnight. Still, hundreds of demonstrators were present in Vijay Chowk.
Source : Dainik Sanatan Prabhat
New Delhi : Steering clear of taking responsibility on safety issues in the capital, chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday slammed the police and reminded the city that it was the duty of the police commissioner, lieutenant governor and the home ministry to prevent cases like the gang rape of the 23-year-old. The CM also demanded rationalization of VIP security to improve police patrols on the streets.
Dikshit wants home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to not just make the police "accountable" but also take action against "cops in-charge in senior positions". However, even though it remains to be seen if this will translate into action against senior officials from the district level up to the police commissioner, it has certainly started speculations on whether the Centre will resort to stern measures to pull up top cops.
With the anger among protesters mounting, Dikshit with her entire cabinet chose to knock at the door of home minister Shinde. The move is a clear indicator that for Dikshit the outrage is about law and order and, in every statement she makes, it is reaffirmed that Delhi Police is under control of the home ministry and her government has no control over it.
In the atmosphere of unrest, the CM rushed to call a cabinet meeting after which a meeting was held with the Union home minister. The message was clear. Dikshit had put the ball in the court of the home minister and subtly made the point to the common man that only a more accountable police, stronger law and order mechanisms were the answer to the situation and she did not have any control to deliver it.
In a statement issued to the media, Dikshit made a pitch to empathize with the common man citing the need to rationalize VIP security and free police personnel to secure Delhiites. The CM also wants the home ministry to create a mechanism wherein cops are not diverted from patrolling to other jobs like monitoring demolitions of illegal construction.
However, the CM's statement in no manner reflects on the performance of her own government on monitoring and enforcement of safety mechanisms in auto-rickshaws, buses and campaigns on safety. But sources said that Dikshit has sought an urgent review of the transport department and the cabinet is planning to put marshals on buses after sunset to instill a sense of security among commuters, women in particular.
Source : TOI
New Delhi: While Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Monday assured people that justice would be served to the 23-year-old paramedical student, who was gang-raped by six men recently, he became a subject of discussion following a gaffe in his televised address to the nation.
As per reports, the Prime Minister was heard asking his staff ‘theek hai’ (alright) at the end of his address to the nation, which was aired unedited.
The unintentional gaffe by the Prime Minister instantly gave the online community a chance to take potshots at Dr Singh, who has often faced criticism for remaining a mute spectator or giving a tailor-made responses to the issue of national importance.
Interestingly, there a surge in the online community’s angry reaction to the Prime Minister’s casual attitude to issues related to women’s security in metros, especially in the national capital.
Soon after the Dr Singh’s address, the keywords being searched online were -#theekhai, #meekhai, #bheekhai as well as Manmohan.
Dr Singh made the speech after public criticism of government’s excessive use of forces on innocent protestors on Sunday demanding speedy justice to the rape victim grew louder.
Source : Zee News
December 24, 2012
New Delhi : As the political leadership struggled to deal with public anger over gangrape of a girl here, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today appeared to bracket angry protesters at India Gate with armed Maoists.
"It is very easy to ask the Home Minister to go to India Gate and talk. Tomorrow if any other party's demonstration goes on why should not the Home Minister go there. Tomorrow Congress and BJP will demonstrate, tomorrow Maoists will come here to demonstrate with weapons," he said in various interviews.
Shinde said the people should understand the government's role and the government should not go anywhere.
"This will happen tomorrow, for any government. Why should the government go anywhere?" he said.
Asked whether he was trying to compare the protesters with the Maoists, the Home Minister said, "You don't separate it from law and order. I have already talked about it....Since the day they started the agitation, I had met them in my house, in my office...I met their representatives.
"After doing all these if they say we want justice what kind of justice will we give? There should be some limit, we have accepted all the demands," he said.
PM Manmohan Singh appeals for calm, vows to protect women
Issuing a fresh appeal for peace, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said government will look into delay in response in the gangrape case as also all aspects concerning the security of women while asking people to desist from violence.
In a televised address, Singh said he and his family join in the concern for the 23-year-old victim, who was gangraped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16 night.
"As a father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you. My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime."
He said the government was constantly monitoring her medical condition.
His statement came as protests, which turned violent yesterday, continued for the seventh day today.
Chaos outside Delhi Metro stations
Chaos ruled outside Metro stations in Central Delhi on Monday as hundreds of people reached the stations unaware that they have been closed due to continuing protests at India Gate against the gang-rape of a young girl.
Nine stations, including the busiest Rajiv Chowk, were closed from early morning as people came only to be welcomed by boards that entry or exit to the stations will not be allowed today as per instructions from Delhi Police.
Source : Economic Times
New Delhi : Strong resentment is being expressed through out the country against the mass rape on a young girl in a bus in the night of Sunday, the16th December. Thousands of citizens held demonstrations in Delhi at India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Rail Bhavan, similarly at the residences of Sonia Gandhi, Sheila Dikshit and Sushilkumar Shinde. (Compliments to the demonstrators who are agitating by getting awakened against the incident like rape, with lawful means by getting united without the help of any leadership ! If such awareness takes place promptly in respect of all other issues, not much time will be required for a radical change in the Nation ! – Editor SP)
On Saturday, the 22nd December, the police have resorted to the lathi charge on thousands of protestors moving towards Rashtrapati Bhavan for conducting agitations. (The police who do not use lathis on fanatics causing damage to the public property around Azad Maidan area, molesting lady police constables, and physically assaulting police and journalists, however, conduct lathi charge on citizens demonstrating peacefully. To counter such cruelty by police, Hindu Rashtra is a must ! – Editor SP) Even after facing lathi charge by the police, thousands of demonstrators were sitting firm in Vijay Chowk till late in the evening.
1. Thousands of young girls, boys, and women had gathered in the morning at India Gate for conducting demonstrations. The demonstrators proceeded towards Rashtrapati Bhavan.
2. When the police noticed thousand of demonstrators proceeding towards Rashtrapati Bhavan, they tried to push them back by resorting to lathi charge in Vijay Chowk. However, the demonstrators got enraged due to this police action, and they started stoning the police vehicles. (Police are responsible for this outburst by demonstrators ! – Editor SP)
3. To disperse the demonstrators, police lobbed tear gas shells and used high pressure water cannons, but it had no effects on the agitators. (Congratulations to demonstrators for firmly facing the suppression by the police ! What else can be expected from the police who had suppressed the agitation of Yogrushi Ramdeo Baba in the dead of the night ? Such policemen will be severely punished as per law in Hindu Rashtra ! – Editor SP)
4. The police informed that few demonstrators were arrested to control the situation. (The traitors to law, police, who release the fanatics indulged in rioting, in the Azad Maidan area, however, promptly arrest the lawfully agitating demonstrators ! Such police only deserve to be assaulted by Jihadi terrorists and religious fanatics ! – Editor SP)
The demonstrators were proceeding towards Rashtrapati Bhavan while carrying placards in their hands displaying slogans such as, ‘Security is my birth right’, ‘We want justice’, ‘Hang the rapists’. Former Chief of Army Mr. V. K. Singh had also joined the agitators.
The enraged demonstrators expressed their anger by throwing bangles, sandals, lose change of coins, and water bottles at police. (Since the public is patient, such harmless articles are thrown at police; however, if the rulers and police remain inactive and display brevity only towards innocent citizens, the public will not hesitate to throw more effective missiles at police ! – Editor SP)
Police conducting lathi charge on women and young girls
Police conducted lathi charge on women and young girls. One of the girl fractured her bone. The tension between police and the demonstrators was generated 6 times during the agitation which commenced since 9 a.m.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi maintaining silence
While the people in the entire country are enraged over the incident which took place on 16th December, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi expressed no reaction on this incident. The future Prime Ministerial candidate and Prince of Congress Rahul Gandhi also expressed no reaction on this incident. The public is in a dilemma whether talkative (Maulana) Digvijay Sing (Khan) has vanished. (People, note the real face of Congress rulers ! – Editor SP)
Rape victim is still critical
The health of 23 years old girl, the victim of rape by sexual maniacs is still critical. She is being treated in Safadarjang Hospital, New Delhi. Her psychological state is better as per the doctors treating her.
The water in the cannons and tear gas shells may exhaust, but we will not budge !
One of the young girls said while expressing her reaction that ‘At the time, the water in the cannons for making us move away and tear gas shells may exhaust, but we will not budge !’ (The exactly needed reaction indicating what should be the objective while conducting an agitation ! Only the youth possessing such objective are the supporting pillars of the Nation ! – Editor SP)
Another lathi charge by police outside the Parliament House in the evening
At about 5 p.m., police lathi charged the demonstrators agitating outside the Parliament House. Therefore, the demonstrators ran away initially, but afterwards the demonstrating youths threw water bottles on police and started throwing stones. Similarly, they broke the glasses of police vehicles and buses. This continued for one hour, and then the police became calm. Later the demonstrators started agitating peacefully. (If the agitations are conducted peacefully, the police will use force; but when they are given fitting reply, they keep calm ! Should the public take it that the police succumb to such actions only ? – Editor SP)
Police forcibly vacated Vijay Chowk
At about 6 p.m., the Police forcibly vacated most part of the Vijay Chowk
Where are Kejariwal and Anna Hazare ?
Representatives of TV channels were collecting reactions of demonstrating youths. One of the agitators said angrily, ‘We participated in the agitation of Anna Hazare, Kejariwal. Where are they when we are agitating now ? Do they not feel like participating in this agitation ?’
Source : Dainik Sanatan Prabhat
The protesters turned violent and broke police barricades at Jantar Mantar and the agitated policemen resorted to lathi-charging the protesters, injuring over half a dozen of them. Though there were no women constables, women agitators were lathi-charged as well. Police have registered a case against Ramdev and his followers for inciting riots.
Though the supporters of yoga guru claimed that they had travelled to the venue from Uttarakhand in 65 buses, barely six to seven buses managed to reach the venue. Addressing a gathering of around 400 people Baba Ramdev said: “We demand justice for the gang-rape victim and condemn the Delhi Police for its brutality and use of force against young protesters voicing their anger over the incident. In the garb of protecting law and order, the police are torturing innocent people. The Rapid Action Force, police and Army is to protect people not resort to violence against the very people.”
He added that punitive action should be taken against the accused in the incident and demanded death penalty for the accused. Giving a political colour to the protest, he said: “The Government should take onus of the shameful act that has shocked the nation and the Congress top brass including Sonia Gandhi, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit should resign. The Congress president should take accountability of the incident and should decide whether she is with the half the population of the country, which is women or her political agendas are closer to her.” He added that the police has pressed charges of inciting riots against me and his supporters have been lathi charged and around seven to eight have been injured.
Former Army Chief, General VK Singh said, “Government is trying to suppress outcry of people, it signifies that Government is ignoring to act tough over rape accused. Amendments in law related to women safety need to be more stringent.” He demanded death sentence for the rapists and blamed the police for not providing enough security to women on roads.
The yoga guru and his cavalcade of supporters were stopped at the Ghazipur border by the police. They entered city when the Uttar Pradesh police refused to arrest them. The procession was again stopped at Pragati Maidan where it was trying to take a shortcut to reach Jantar Mantar and was told to follow the police specified route. The yoga guru then entered the city standing atop a bus. He addressed the crowd at Jantar Mantar around 3 pm and tried to move towards India Gate, but was stopped by police. He asked, “Why am I being stopped, am I a rapist or terrorist. Everyone is playing politics.” He then remained at Jantar Mantar and left with his supporters for Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital to meet his injured supporters around 5.30 pm.
Source : Daily Pioneer
As it repeatedly resorted to lobbing teargas shells and use of force against protesters at India Gate, Delhi Police today claimed that some "vested interests" had joined the protesters and were instigating violence.
In its report sent to Home Ministry, sources said, police claimed that it had to resort to baton charge and lobbing teargas shells due to violence.
Sources said Delhi Police informed the Ministry that "some vested interests" had joined the protesters and were fomenting trouble.
"Police had to take action like lathicharge and lobbing teargas because of violence. Otherwise it is taking extra precaution to maintain peace," sources quoted Delhi Police as saying.
Earlier in the day, police asked youths protesting against the gang-rape of a young girl to stage demonstrations either at Jantar Mantar or Ramlila Maidan.
"Protestors may go to Ramlila Maidan or Jantar Mantar. Traffic has been diverted from Vijay Chowk and Rajpath," a Delhi Police statement said.
It said prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC have been issued in New Delhi area except at Jantar Mantar.
However, police had to resort to repeated baton charge and lobbing of teargas shells as the protest at India Gate turned violent.
Source : Indian Express
December 24, 2012
All roads leading to Rajpath and India Gate were sealed after police resorted to lathicharge and use of teargas to clear protesters from the area. Delhi Metro announced that nine stations in central Delhi will remain closed on Monday.
Late on Sunday night, the gangrape victim’s emotional father issued an appeal to the protesters to stop vandalism and help police in bringing the culprits to justice at the earliest. He also appealed to the people to pray for his daughter, who is fighting for her life at a city hospital.
“My daughter is stable now. She is conscious. I appeal to all to refrain from vandalism and help the police so that the process of capturing and sentencing the culprits is successful,” he told a TV news channel.
He also said the fighting capacity in his daughter still remains the same. “The capability to live and fight on is still the same in my daughter. Please pray to god that my daughter recovers. Vandalism will do no good. I appeal to you don’t cause any damage so that both you and I can carry on in peace. No words can describe how brave my girl is...,” he said.
Among the injured were journalists and police officers including Joint Commissioner Taj Hassan, Addl Commissioner K C Dwivedi, Deputy Commissioner Bhola Shankar and Addl DCP Sanjay Tyagi. Police had to rescue Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son and East Delhi MP Sandeep Diskhit after he was surrounded by protesters.
Women in the crowd complained they had been molested by “goons” who also attacked the police with stones and lathis. Constable Subhash Tomar was on ventilator support at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. While police said he had been beaten by protesters on Tilak Marg, doctors said he had suffered cardiac arrest and there were no visible injury marks.
Special Commissioner (Law and Order) Dharmendra Kumar blamed “hooligans” for the violence. He said unruly elements had “hijacked” peaceful demonstrations. In its report to the Home Ministry, police said some “vested interests” had joined the protesters and were instigating violence. Cases have been registered against “unknown persons”.
At Jantar Mantar, yoga guru Ramdev and former Army chief V K Singh addressed protesters who clashed with police after they were stopped from marching towards India Gate. Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia sat on a dharna near Hyderabad House. BJP youths also took part in the protests.
Unlike Saturday when most protesters were college students, Sunday’s crowd comprised people who had come from outside the city, including neighbouring states. While Ramdev was directed to Jantar Mantar and later Ramlila Maidan, police said the protesters did not pay heed and kept moving towards India Gate.
Despite prohibitory orders in place, a few hundred first made their way to India Gate. The numbers swelled and one police estimate later put the crowd strength at over 10,000.
The clashes started around 11 am and continued till late evening. Protesters hurled stones at police and broke barricades in a bid to head towards Rashtrapati Bhavan. Police said 12 DTC buses and as many PCR vans were damaged. A Doordarshan vehicle was also attacked.
Police resorted to lathicharge at least ten times and lobbed 250 teargas shells apart from using water cannons. TV crews said water cannons were also directed at them to stop live coverage. Many said their cameras had been damaged.
Chased away from the India Gate lawns, protesters targeted bystanders and damaged buses and cars along the way, using barricade poles as weapons.
Late on Sunday night, Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury went to India Gate to persuade protesters to leave the spot, but her efforts failed. This was the first time a Congress leader came to India Gate to engage with the protesters.
Source : The Indian Express
December 24, 2012
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"I don't believe in quitting. I am not a quitter," Kumar told a TV channel.
Kumar made the remark amid demands during the protests by students and the youth in the Capital that he resign owning moral responsibility for alleged lapses by police that led to the gang-rape of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a moving bus last Sunday night.
Kumar said he will continue in his job as long as he is asked to.
Asked whether he had any regret for the police action to deal with the protesters at India Gate today, Kumar said every situation can be handled better.
"Maybe there were some lapses here and there. But by and large the situation warranted this kind of action," he added. Police had to resort to lathicharge and use of teargas and water cannons to disperse the protesters after the protests turned violent.
Source : The Indian Exppress
December 23, 2012
New Delhi: Heeding to suggestions from public, Government on Sunday agreed to fast track investigations into sexual offences like rape and increase policing that includes deployment of the force in plain clothes to instill sense of security in the capital.
During a meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Union Minister of State for Home R P N Singh, the protesters who were outraged over the recent gang-rape incident in South Delhi put forth 14 demands which were readily accepted by the Government.
Sources said the government also agreed to expand definition of sexual assault from eve-teasing to rape and acid attacks and strictest provision of the law for sexual assault.
They said the government agreed to fast track investigations into sexual offences like rape and increase policing that includes deployment of the force in plain clothes.
It was also agreed that patrolling by PCR vans needs to be strengthened and there would be punitive action against officials or personnel for delays in reaching the spot.
The sources also said the Government also agreed that citizen security officers would be deployed and there would be more lighting in public spaces, while CCTVs would be used adequately in specific areas relating to women's safety.
The government also promised to protesters that GPS would be installed in public vehicles, while dedicated number for contacting police 100 should be recorded, on the lines of 911 in the US.
Dedicated round the clock women helpline, fast track courts, "day-to-day trial, rarest of rare punishment and 100 per cent justice in this case in shortest possible time" are the other suggestions which were agreed to.
Source : Zee News
December 23, 2012
New Delhi : Delhi police and paramilitary personnel on Sunday evening fired teargas shells and repeatedly used batons to drive away protesters from the India Gate, TV channels reported.
Earlier, the heart of the Indian capital turned into a battle zone on Sunday as thousands massed to denounce the brutal gang rape of a young woman, with clashes between police and protesters leaving many injured.
By early evening, three huge bonfires had been lit near India Gate, a World War I monument whose lawns have been besieged by thousands since a 23-year-old was raped in a moving bus, leaving her battling for life.
The more frenzied ones uprooted wooden barricades erected for the January 26 Republic Day crowd control and set them on fire.
Witnesses said several people, including security personnel, were injured.
But even as a section of the vast crowd indulged in violence, breaking police barricades and overturning a handful of vehicles, the mass of young men and women remained peaceful.
Many of them held hand-written posters and waved Indian flags. Some gave fiery speeches.
Unlike Saturday's equally massive protests, many middle-aged also poured in Sunday, urging the government to amend laws so that rapists get heavier punishment.
The violence subsided after some 90 minutes of running battles during which crowds charged at security forces around India Gate and retreated in the face of teargas and batons.
"We hope these protests wake up the government," said Rakesh Kumar, a businessman in south Delhi who was at the site with his wife and two young daughters.
The younger protesters were more militant and angry.
Pallavi, a 25-year-old working for a multinational, said: "The government is sleeping... The law against rape must be stronger and should be implemented properly."
Delhi University student Hemant said the protests would continue "until we are assured that girls are safe in Delhi".
The foggy and chilly Sunday began on a quiet note at the protest venue, with only a small group who had spent the night present. By early morning, crowds began to pour in, shouting slogans.
The initials slogans, mainly condemning the December 16 rape, later turned anti-police.
Having barricaded all the roads leading to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and government offices close by, security forces sprayed water and fired teargas at the crowds demanding death to the rapists.
Prohibitory orders banning the assembly of five or more people were clamped in parts of the city centre in a bid to prevent the demonstrators from marching to the presidential palace or Prime Minister's Office.
The continuing protests over the rape -- the victim is in critical condition at the Safdarjung Hospital -- found their echo in the political circles.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday promised a group of young people that speedy action would be taken against the accused and they would also be charged with attempt to murder.
This was her second meeting with some of the protesters.
A huge crowd had camped out outside her 10 Janpath residence on Saturday night. To the surprise of many, she came out past midnight, sat with them and spoke for some 20 minutes.
The day's protests also drew political activists. But most appeared to be people with no particular affiliation.
Amid all this, yoga guru Ramdev reached the Jantar Mantar protest site also in the city centre standing atop a bus. Later, many of his supporters made their way to India Gate shouting slogans.
Earlier, police evicted protesters from near India Gate but succeeded only partially.
Many young men and women were grabbed and forcibly led away towards parked buses. But many slipped through.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit appealed for calm but said she did not approve of police action against the young.
Authorities shut eight Delhi Metro stations but that seemed to have no impact on the crowds.
Source : TOI
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New Delhi : Police fired teargas shells and used water cannons as several hundreds of young students on Saturday marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan for the second day demanding justice for the 23-year-old gan grape victim.
A boy and a girl and a traffic policeman were injured as the police directed water jets and opened a volley of teargas shells that pushed them back a little even as some of the protesters braved the chill and waterbottles and shoes at the policemen.
Window panes of a police van were smashed. One of the girls broke the glass window of a bus with her hands.
The police action came as 'negotiations' failed at the Raisina Hill leading to Rashtrapati Bhawan and the protesters, comprising largely young women and men, tried to breach the barricades to push towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The protest spot resembled a battle zone with empty shells and wet roads. The area has been cordoned off and police reinforcements have been rushed to the Hill that divides the North and South Block, which houses the Prime Minister's Office.
Girl protesters alleged that policemen hit them with lathis and declared they will launch a sit-in in the area. Protesters refused to disperse from the place.
As protests continued for the sixth day, former Army Chief V K Singh joined the demonstrators the at India Gate blaming "systemic collapse" for brutal rape of a young girl last Sunday in a moving bus.
An injured girl has been rushed to hospital. The youths gathered at India Gate from early in the morning and marched through Rajpath towards Raisina Hill.
The young protesters broke security cordons erected on Rajpath and managed to reach near Raisina Hill where they were stopped.
On Friday too, the capital also several protests including the one in front of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The former army chief said "You see this problem is because of systemic failure of governance. Police reforms have been lying in cold storage for the last so many years. Why haven't they done anything about it? Why do we have to hear such things from a police commissioner saying that he doesn't have man-power? It is shameful.
"Why do you have to see the spectacle on television where ministry of home officials have to go out on the streets checking things? Isn't there a failure? This needs to be addressed. This failure comes because of political and bureaucratic apathy in this country," the former Army chief said.
Water cannon was again used by police on the protesters a little after noon. Policemen fired 10 rounds of teargas shells at the protesters who had reassembled after the first round of teargas shelling and water cannons.
Protesters refused to budge from the high-security area at Raisina Hill and clashed with the policemen and RAF personnel.
Ten students were injured and another police van was damaged in the fresh round of clashes.
Meanwhile, minister of state for home affairs RPN Singh appealed to the protesters not to resort to violence.
"We have assured on the floor of House and every platform possible that strictest action will be taken against the accused. Police has been asked to show restraint but I want to tell boys and girls that breaking barriers won't help (to solve the issue)," Singh said.
Source : TOI
Yes, probably a day is not far, when "goddesses" adorning religious places too would be victimised. Or, perhaps religious leaders will rise and protect those lifeless idols? But, a girl/woman full of life is easily molested, crippled and silenced for life. The status of women in India is a subject that is hardly discussed in an open forum. For they (decision-makers) fear, giving equal status and respect to women would jeopardise the very standing of men, who are in the majority. And, that is the main drawback of a democracy, where politics of majority have led to the suffering of every minority. Women in India find themselves in minority and skewed sex ratio (940:1000, which means there are 940 women per 1000 men in India) aptly indicates it. In states like Haryana, the numbers are as low as 877 females per 1000 males. So, for those believers of vote-bank politics, issues of women hardly matter. It is not that women are only unsafe outside the confines of their homes. For many, the very "safe home" is nothing less than "hell". Perhaps, that is why close on the heels of the gangrape incident in New Delhi, media reports another shocking incident of a 14-year-old girl from Kerala. The minor was allegedly raped by her brother and his friends for over two years. Now, where do women go? Apart from flexing their physical strength, men suffer from the syndrome of believing that they are "intellectually" superior to women. Most of the Indian men would be seen ridiculing women for having less IQ. But, if men have higher IQ rate, why do they behave like beasts? And, as far as I know, animals are inferior to humans in the department of reasoning and thinking. It is the same superiority complex of Indian men (fathers, brothers, husbands) which gives them the licence to make decisions on behalf of women. That is why if a woman marry the man of her choice, she becomes victim of "honour killing". Moreover, our moral police and khap panchayat will always come up with one or another "bizarre" diktats to control women's life. "Don't wear Jeans, Don't use mobile....."
I have described the overall thinking and reasoning power of Indian males to find out why women have to endure humiliation and pain of undergoing sexual abuse on a daily basis? Abuse of women in public spaces cannot be studied in isolation. Abuse of women just cannot be put under the category of "crime". Abuse of women is a tradition of India and we are not ashamed about it. Indians suffer from a psychological disorder, which permit them to deem women as inferior and weak species. Perhaps, that is why justice eludes rape victims. How many culprits have been convicted in the recent times? The statistics are very low. The National Crime Records Bureau's statistical databases say that there are more and more women approaching police with complaints about sexual assault but ever-fewer victims getting justice. In 1973, the NCRB first published data on rape: 2,919 rape cases were registered at police stations across India that year. By 2010, the figure grew to 20,262. The numbers of prosecutions ending in conviction, though, have steadily declined. The reason behind lesser conviction is the attitude of authorities who feel that rape cases are not worth following. "The capacities of police to investigative crimes have incrementally diminished--and the social attitudes, that deem rape a crime not worthy of devoting more resources to, haven't changed," said a women rights activist. Politicians have already started playing politics over the rape of 23-year-old girl in Delhi. The Opposition wants a discussion in the Parliament on the issue. Time is not to discuss but to act, arrest and punish the culprits. The solution to end rape cases is not hard. If India can take pride in hanging terrorist like Ajmal Kasab, why not hang rapists? Rapists need severest of punishment and justice needs to be delivered by executing criminals in the gallows.
Source : One India