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It's 'good riddance' for Delhi gangrape accused's family

Karn Pratap Singh and Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 19, 2012
First Published: 00:39 IST(19/12/2012) | Last Updated: 18:01 IST(21/12/2012)

The atmosphere at the Ravidas Camp in RK Puram Sector 3 was sombre on Tuesday as three of the four men arrested for raping a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus were picked up from the slum on Monday evening.

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Blaming Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh for maligning the name of the colony, their estranged sister-in-law said that they were the black sheep of the family.

"We were not on speaking terms with them. They used to live in a different house. It was very common to hear stories about them getting into fights and stealing from people. No one was very happy with their behaviour and their parents went back to their village two months back because they were fed up of their behaviour," she said.

Hari Ram Sharma, whose 20-year-old son Vinay Sharma was also picked up by the police from his house, was not convinced that his son could do something so heinous. He said he was not friends with either Ram Singh or Mukesh.

"He had told us that he was just going out for a stroll. His friend Kalu had come to call him at around 8 pm on Sunday evening. He reached home a little after 10 pm, ate food and went to sleep," Sharma said.

Vinay, who worked as an assistant instructor in a gym near Siri Fort, scanned news channels the entire day on Monday.

"The gym where he works is closed on Mondays and Vinay was at home all day on Monday. He watched the news throughout the day. He did not get into fights with people and was just a kid. I don't think he was involved in the crime but if it is proved that he was I would suggest that the courts give him a fitting punishment," Sharma said.

According to Vinay's mother, when the police came to take him away he asked her to trust him.

"Maine aisa kuch nahi kia jis se aap ko sharminda hona pade (I have not done anything to shame you)," he said.

The fourth accused, 18-year-old Pawan Gupta, alias Kalu, also lives in the same colony with his parents and two siblings.

"My son is just a kid. I am sure he can't do something like this," said Indira Devi, Kalu’s mother who along with her husband runs a small fruit shop in RK Puram sector 1.

The neighbours, meanwhile, say that they are fed up of coming under the scanner because of Ram Singh and Mukesh.


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