Delhi gang-rape: Victim’s statement to act as crucial dying declaration?
New Delhi: Although the 23-year-old gang-rape victim is now resting in peace but her statement which was recorded by the metropolitan magistrate on December 25 could play a crucial role in the form of a dying declaration in the case to nail the six accused involved in this heinous crime, according to the legal experts.
After a controversy over recording of victim's statement, her fresh testimony was taken by the metropolitan magistrate. The controversy had erupted after Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit complained to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde that senior police officials "interfered" in the process and sought an enquiry.
In a letter to Shinde, Dikshit had cited a communication to her by Deputy Commissioner (East) BM Mishra that Sub Divisional Magistrate Usha Chaturvedi had claimed that three senior police officers had prevented the video recording of the victim's statement. It was also alleged that the police officers wanted the SDM to use a questionnaire they prepared.
It later turned out to be an open war between Dikshit and Delhi Police, who demanded a probe into the "leakage" of her letter to the home minister.
Delhi police have already invoked murder charges against the six accused on Saturday, who gang-raped the paramedical student in a moving bus and then dumped her on road on December 16.
With the help of deceased statement, Delhi police now can make a very strong case against the accused and ask for stringent punishment from the court of law.