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Delhi gang-rape: Victim`s family welcomes court`s decision

Last Updated: Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 19:21

New Delhi: The Delhi gang-rape victim`s family welcomed a court`s decision for accepting 13 charges by Delhi Police against the five accused Saturday.

When an IANS correspondent informed the victim`s family of the fast-track court`s decision, the father of the 23-year-old woman said that he was happy about the decision.

"I feel that the five accused, except of the sixth who is a juvenile, will be convicted by the end of Feb," he said.

The victim`s younger brother told IANS: "I request to sentence the five accused to be hanged."

"My sister wanted to the accused to be burnt alive. My family`s wish is to hang five of the six accused. In case of the sixth accused, who was declared a juvenile by a juvenile justice board, police should approach the higher court for his bone ossification test," he added.

The woman died Dec 29 in a Singapore hospital where she had been airlifted for specialised treatment.

The father of the 28-year-old male software engineer, who was brutally beaten by the accused on the fateful night when they boarded a bus Dec 16, also told IANS that they welcome the court`s decision.

"My son, the only eyewitness in the case, will appear before the fast-track court Feb 5. He will tell the court what had happened that night," the father, who is a lawyer, told IANS.

"I think the decision will come soon as the trial will be held in a fast-track court," he said.

He said that they would challenge the decision of the Juvenile Justice Board that said the sixth accused is a minor. A juvenile justice home had declared the sixth accused to be a minor Jan 28 after examining his school certificate produced by his school`s principal.

"As per law, a complainant can challenge the decision of the Juvenile Justice Board before a sessions judge within 60 days," he said.

Justice Yogendra Khanna framed the charges under 13 sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against five accused in the gang-rape case.

The six were arrested a few days after the gang-rape. Five of them were sent to judicial custody. The sixth was sent to a juvenile justice home as he claims he is a minor.

The five accused are Ram Singh, a bus driver; his brother Mukesh; Pawan Gupta, a fruit seller; Vinay Sharma, a gym instructor, and Akshay Thakur, a bus cleaner. They have been charged with murder, attempt to murder, gang-rape, unnatural offence, destruction of evidence, kidnapping, causing hurt while committing robbery, dacoity with murder and common intent, among others.


First Published: Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 19:19

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