The special woman’s court on Monday adjourned the hearing in the Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez murder case till 5 May.
On October 20, 2011 Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez were attacked outside a popular eatery in Amboli when they tried to shield their female friends from a group of eve-teasers. The group had stabbed the two while Keenan died on the same day, Reuben died later on October 30, 2011.
Four accused Jitendra Rana, Sunil Bodh, Satish Dulhaj and Dipak Tival were arrested the next day and a fast-track court had in October framed charges against them for murder, conspiracy and molestation.
The prosecution said that the four accused first made lewd comments at the girls in the group. The two youngsters objected and had a scuffle with the accused. The four left the spot and soon returned with more persons and conspired to kill the two boys.
Keenan’s father Valerian Santos told HT, “We have suffered a lot in these years and only punishment to these boys would give us some relief. We know that our son will not come back but we expect his killers to get punished. They should be at least sentenced to life time imprisonment if not death”. He added that the family has faith in judiciary and they would get justice.
“They should think about victim’s family. We were given promises by then chief minister but everything turned out to be farce. There is a need to change the system. There has to be a room where victim’s family is also heard. However, we have full faith in judiciary and waiting for the verdict,” he said.