Delhi gangrape accused to go on trial, victim's father says hang the guilty

  • Reuters, Uttar Pradesh
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  • Updated: Jan 03, 2013 16:23 IST

The father of the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim said on Thursday that those responsible for the crime be hanged and called for the new legislation on sex crimes to be named in honour of his daughter.

The December 16 attack on a physiotherapy student and her friend in Delhi has provoked furious protests in the capital and fuelled a nationwide debate about the prevalence of sexual crimes in the country where a rape is reported on average every 20 minutes.

The woman died of her injuries in hospital in Singapore where she had been taken for treatment on Saturday. Six people have been arrested in connection
with the attack. Five suspects are adults and the sixth suspect in the case, who is believed to be a minor aged 17, will not be charged in the Saket court on Thursday.

The father of the woman said he backed the chorus of calls for those responsible to be executed. "The whole country is demanding that these monsters be hanged. I am with them," the father told reporters in his home village in Uttar Pradesh.

The father said he was demanding a change in the law to allow for the execution of juveniles.

The case against the five accused is due to be processed by a new fast-track chamber set up in response to the crime.

Police have said the accused have admitted to torturing and raping the student "to teach her a lesson."

She fought back and bit three of them , a police source told Reuters and the bite marks are part of the evidence against them.

After throwing her from the private bus the driver tried to run the victim over but she was pulled away by her companion a senior police official told Reuters.

Police have prepared a dossier of evidence and charges against the accused believed to run to 1 000 pages including testimony from the woman's friend who survived the hour-long attack on the bus  and a man who said he was robbed by the same gang prior to the rape.

The woman s father told reporters he supported a proposal to name revised legislation in his daughter's honour. "She is the one who has been sacrificed, " he said.

The government has set up two panels headed by retired judges to recommend measures to ensure women's safety. One of the panels due to make recommendations later this month has received some 17 000 suggestions from the public, media reported.

The district court where the charges are due to be heard is expected to assign a defence lawyer for the five men after the bar association said none of its members were willing to represent them.

Lawyers in black robes protested outside the court on Thursday demanding the judicial system act faster against rape. "We want the laws to be amended in such a stringent way that before a person even thinks of touching a girl he should feel chills down his spine, " said protesting lawyer Suman Lata


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