Mumbai gang-rape accused not juveniles: police chief

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Aug 27, 2013 03:04 IST
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    A Shiv Sena activist (C) argues with police officials outside the court after a suspect in the gang-rape of a female photographer was produced, in ...

  • Agartala

    Photojournalists during a rally to protest against the rape of a woman photojournalist in Mumbai, in Agartala. (PTI Photo)

  • Bhubaneswar

    CPI activists take out a rally to protest against the rape of a Mumbai photojournalist, in Bhubaneswar. (PTI Photo)

  • Jammu

    Photojournalists participate in a protest in Jammu against the gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai. (AP Photo)

  • Maharashtra Navnirman Sena

    Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists protest against home minister RR Patil over the gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

  • Journalists from Tamil Nadu Press Photographers' Association and other journalist associations march in protest against the gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

  • Journalists from Tamil Nadu Press Photographers' Association and other journalist associations stage a protest in Chennai against the gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai. (PTI ...

  • Jammu journalists participate in a protest against the gang-rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai. (Nitin Kanotra/HT Photo)

  • Photojournalists sit with placards during a protest in Gauhati against the gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai that happened on Thursday evening. (AP Photo)

  • Photojournalists in Guwahati, with black bands around their mouths, participate in a protest against the gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai. (AP Photo)

All the five men accused of raping a young Mumbai photojournalist are history-sheeters and none is a juvenile, Mumbai police chief Satyapal Singh said on Monday even as the Supreme Court expressed anguish over abysmal conviction rate in such cases across the country.

A bench headed by justice PM Lodha said, "What is wrong with the system? Over 90% cases end in acquittal. What is the reason behind the spurt in such cases? Have our social values changed or is the police investigation flawed?"

Saying the situation was going "from bad to worse", the bench said, "Have the police adopted wrong standards for appreciating the evidence or do the victims turn hostile?" The court has also ordered states to frame a rehabilitation policy for rape victims, if there isn't one already.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by a gang rape victim's father seeking protection for his daughter. According to the Haryana resident, the alleged rapists had also murdered his wife a month after raping his daughter.

In Mumbai, the Singh, commissioner said all evidence in the case is being been collected.

He also assured early justice to the 22-year-old rape victim.

"The mobile phone on which the crime was recorded has been recovered," the commissioner added.

 

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