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Delhi braveheart's kin want to meet Sonia, Rahul

PTI  New Delhi, September 01, 2013
First Published: 13:20 IST(1/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:24 IST(1/9/2013)

Though unhappy with the decision of the Juvenile Justice Board, family members of the 23-year-old woman gang-raped on December 16 last year have not lost all hope of getting justice.

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They are planing to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Her father said they have spoken to Sonia's daughter Priyanka Vadra and would also try to meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

"The decision is unfortunate... We will talk to lawyers. We want him (juvenile accused) to be hanged. We hope that decision on the other four accused will also come within next 10-15 days and they will get capital punishment," the father said.

After the decision of the Juvenile Board, they had talked to Priyanka over telephone and she had promised to give time for a meeting within 10 days, he said.

"We will also try to meet Sonia Gandhi, Rahulji, Sheila Dixit and Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury to ensure that my daughter gets justice," he said.

Asked about Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, the father said he had not met him till now.

"It would be better if he had met us and consoled us... but he has not met us as yet," he added.

In the first conviction in the December 16 gang-rape case on Saturday, the juvenile accused was found guilty of murder and rape of the 23-year-old girl and got a maximum of three years imprisonment mandated under the juvenile law.

On the night of December 16 last year, the paramedic student was gang- raped and brutally assaulted by six persons in a moving bus in New Delhi.

She later succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29 last year.

The four adult accused are being tried by a fast-track court in Saket in New Delhi. Another accused Ram Singh was found dead on March 11 in his cell in Tihar Jail and the trial against him has been abated.


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