Aman ragging case: Family unhappy with quantum of punishment

The family of Aman Kachroo, a medical student who died due to ragging, today said they were "not happy" with the quantum of punishment that has been given to the accused and will urge the government to appeal.

Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 00:15 AM IST

New Delhi: The family of Aman Kachroo, a
medical student who died due to ragging, today said they were
"not happy" with the quantum of punishment that has been given
to the accused and will urge the government to appeal.

"We are not happy with the quantum of punishment that has
been given to the accused. We feel that the quantum has
diluted the message," Aman`s father Rajendra Kachroo said in a
statement.

Four medical students were today sentenced to four years
in jail by a fast track court after they were held guilty of
culpable homicide not amounting to murder for ragging to death
their junior Aman at a medical institute in Himachal Pradesh
last year.

Aman`s father said one of the four accused has a "violent
background".

"He started the entire episode and was the leader of the
gang. He should have been given severest punishment. There
should have been a distinction created between the ringleader
and the rest.

"We will certainly consult the public prosecutor and
request him to appeal against the quantum of punishment," the
statement said.

Earlier in the day, when the accused were convicted,
Aman`s father had welcomed the decision.

"We welcome the verdict. It is a good day as it conveys
the correct message that ragging and crime in any guise will
not be tolerated any more. That the verdict has come in less
than two years is an achievement in itself," he had said.

-PTI