Edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Updated: December 19, 2012 , NDTV
New Delhi: The accused in the gang-rape of a medical student in New Delhi on Sunday have now been charged with attempt to murder by the Delhi Police.
Here are the latest developments in the case:
- The Delhi Police last night added three more sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the accused. The fresh sections against the accused are 307 (attempt to murder), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 390 (robbery).
- UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi paid a visit to the Safdurjung Hospital, where she met the 23-year-old victim late on Tuesday night. Earlier, she phoned and wrote to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. She pushed for a strict punishment for the guilty. (Read full text of Sonia Gandhi’s letters)
- In Parliament, angry opposition leaders asked the government to explain what it’s doing to protect women in an increasingly unsafe capital. Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader, said the death sentence must be introduced for rapists. Samajwadi Party MP and actor Jaya Bachchan broke down while discussing the case. (See special feature: Who said what)
- Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that he will ask for the case to be fast-tracked with daily court hearings. He said a special committee has been set up in his ministry to come up with guidelines to offer better protection for women. More policemen will patrol the roads at night, he said. (Read: Angry MPs ask govt for tough action, more security)
- The victim of Sunday’s gang-rape is in hospital in critical condition on a ventilator support system. Her male friend who tried to protect her on the bus but was beaten on the head with an iron rod has been discharged from hospital. (Read)
- The National Human Rights Commission or NHRC has issued notices to the Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and Home Secretary RK Singh in connection with the gang-rape. The commission said, “Such acts are grave violation of human rights. The incident has raised the issue of declining public confidence in the law and order machinery in the city, especially, in its capacity to ensure safety of women.” The officials have been asked to submit a report to the commission in two weeks. (Read)
- A man in Delhi approached the police on Tuesday claiming that he was travelling on the same bus barely an hour before the gang-rape, and was robbed of Rs. 8000 by the men on board before being made to get off the vehicle near the IIT campus in South Delhi.
- The four people arrested include Ram Singh, the driver of the privately-operated bus and his brother. Ram Singh has refused to participate in an identification parade. (Read)
- Two other men are missing; police teams are searching for them in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan, said Delhi’s police commissioner Neeraj Kumar. (Read: How police cracked Delhi gang-rape case)
- Police sources say that when the woman and her friend boarded the bus, the attackers began harassing her about being out at night with a man. Her friend intervened and they began beating him with a rod. She tried to protect him and the men on the bus decided she “should be punished,” said a senior police source. (Read)
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December 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm
Lot of cries are being made inside and outside the parliament to punish the rapists with death.
We must perhaps be going beyond merely expressing outrage toward the rapists , howsoever legitimate our anger might be.. More importantly, we should be able to dissociate ourselves from a culture of rape. Haven’t our political/cultural bosses been repeatedly advising our women to keep away from rapists, by proper dressing, behaviour and all? Have you ever heard of them telling men to treat women as equal humans ?