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Prime rape accused is yet to take a bath

delhi Updated: Dec 27, 2012 01:27 IST
Abhishek Sharan

Ram Singh, the man who brutalised a 23-year-old woman, along with five friends on a moving bus on December 16, claims he doesn't remember anything.

Singh, who is lodged in sub-jail number three of Tihar Jail keeps telling his friends that he was drunk at the time of committing the horrible rape. His response is consistent with the answers he had given to the investigators.

Singh is in the jail with four of his friends while the sixth one is lodged at a detention facility meant for minors.

Singh, according to accounts of jail officials and his co-inmates, has not expressed any remorse for his crime or enquired about the state of his victim, who is currently battling for her life in a hospital. He stays deadpan and icy during his random interactions with other inmates, sources said.

Singh, who used to ferry school children in Noida and Delhi, is not known to maintain personal hygiene. "Three of Ram Singh's co-inmates have complained to jail officials that he abuses at the drop of a hat and has not taken a bath for the past 15 days. The co-inmates said they do not want to share the same cell with Singh and want him to be taken out," said the source.

"The other accused, especially Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta, are scared that somebody might beat them up in the jail," said the source.

"Instead of having any genuine remorse for their crime, some of them say that they had not imagined its enormity or repercussions, since sexually assaulting a girl sexually was no big deal for them otherwise," the source said.

As under-trials, Singh and the four other accused, stand in queues outside their wards at six in the morning for a jail warder to complete the headcount, which he would repeat at 7pm. Soon breakfast is served - 45 ml of tea in a plastic cup with two slices of bread. They are served eight chapattis (400 gm of flour), vegetable curries (250 gm) and dal (90 ml) for lunch and dinner.