Delhi gang rape victim parents want death for accused

New Delhi, Sept. 10 (ANI): With a fast track court set to deliver its verdict on the December 16 gangrape case, parents of the victim have said that the accused should be given the death penalty.

"They should be only given the death sentence so that it sends out a strong message to the people and nobody dares to commit such a barbaric crime in the future," said the victim's father.

"If they do not get death sentence, my daughter would not get justice, and in the days to come, this crime will take dangerous form," he added.

A fast track court is to deliver the verdict against the four surviving adult accused who have been tried for the brutal rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012.

Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna had, on September 3, reserved his order for September 10 after the prosecution and the defence closed their arguments.

The police have charged six persons. The case against one of the main accused, Ram Singh, was dropped following his death inside Tihar Jail in March this year.

The sixth accused was declared a juvenile and held guilty by the Juvenile Justice Board on August 31. He has been sent to a remand home for three years.

The charges in the instant case were framed on February 2 during which the court also invoked Section 366 of the Indian penal Code (IPC) against them for abducting the girl with intention of committing "illicit intercourse".

It had in its order described the juvenile as an associate of the adult accused, who committed gang rape in furtherance of the conspiracy and "common intention".

The four have been tried for offences under section 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gangrape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120-B (conspiracy), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 365 ( kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), and 412 (dishonestly receiving property stolen in the commission of a dacoity) of the IPC.

The 23-year-old paramedical student was raped, beaten and tortured by the six men on a moving bus on the outskirts of Outer Delhi. The victim died of internal injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks later. (ANI)

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