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She lit a flame
September 10, 2013
16 frames from Dec 16 case
Delhi, often called the 'rape capital' was left shaken by the incident. More so because the intensity of the assault in the case was unparalleled. (HT Photo)
A paramedic student was gangraped and brutally assaulted by six men in this private bus on December 16 and then thrown out of the moving vehicle along with her male friend.
On December 17 police identified the four accused - the bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta. A day later the four were accused arrested.
On December 21 police nabbed a fifth accused, a juvenile who allegedly was the most brutal of the five from Anand Vihar bus terminal in Delhi, but it did nothing to suffice the anger that had engulfed Delhi.
As Delhi became angrier, protests became stronger and the police started resorting to lathi charge for crowd control. Meanwhile, the victim’s friend identified Mukesh as one of the culprits.
Over the course of Delhi police's investigation, more grisly details of the crime were revealed. Hundreds became thousands and the picture of a Delhi, united against crime against women, emerged.
On December 22, Delhi saw a ray of hope. The victim finally gained consciousness and recorded a statement before the SDM in the hospital. Her fight, her struggle brought another wave of strength to Delhi's protests.
Things started getting hard for the police to handle as protestors started gathering around India Gate and its surrounding areas. It imposed Section 144 as protesters refused to leave.
On December 25 doctors termed the victim’s condition critical. Meanwhile, constable Tomar succumbed to his injuries. The eight accused for his death were also given a clean chit.
Meanwhile, the condition of Delhi's braveheart continued to deteriorate. On December 26 she was shifted to Medanta medcity for better treatment. A day later, following a cardiac arrest, the government decided to fly her to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
Though many dubbed the government's decision to fly her to Singapore majorly political, none of it proved to be of any help. On December 29, Delhi's 'Nirbhaya' succumbs to injuries at 2:15am. The anger that erupted was unprecedented.
Following her death, police added a murder charge in the FIR. Delhiites however, remained unforgiving. Scores of people took to the streets condemning rape and the condition of women in the city.
Meanwhile, on January 2, the then Chief Justice of India, Altamas Kabir inaugurated a fast track court for speedy trial in the case. Police filed the chargesheet against the five adult accused for various offences including murder, gangrape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences and dacoity and more.
During the course of these events, media's coverage of the incident was also brought to questions. Critical details were unlawfully divulged by certain publications. In cognisance of this, the court issued a gag order against the media and ordered in-camera proceedings.
Further, protests started dying down and India Gate and its surrounding areas lay vacant of protesters. Amid the lull of the dying protests, proceedings against five adult accused began. The Juvenile Justice Board also said the minority of the sixth accused was proved. Reports of the five adult accused being assaulted in Tihar jail also emerged. On March 11 accused Ram Singh commited suicide in Tihar jail leaving justice, in part, eluded.
After the case being deferred multiple times by the Juvenile Justice Board, on August 31 it convicted the minor for gangrape and murder and awarded him a three year term at a probation home. Now all eyes are on the Saket Court which is to finally pronounce its verdict in the case today.
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