NCW, gang-rape victim's parents demand harshest punishment for juvenile

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 07:20 hrs

National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma on Thursday said the court should listen to the demand of the parents of the 23-year-old gang rape victim that the lone juvenile among the six accused should not be let off lightly because of his age.

Sharma said the juvenile has committed a serious offence.

"But he (the girl's father) is correct in his demand for he has lost his loved one. The court will decide on whether he should be given the punishment as per a juvenile or in accordance with some other laws. Since the accused was of such an age that he was involved in the heinous crime, then in believe that the court should listen to the demand of the victim's parents," she added.

The victim's father has demanded that the juvenile should be hanged like the other five accused.

Sharma also welcomed the move to begin the trial in connection with this brutal gang rape case.

"It is very good that a decision has been taken to begin the trial from today. I believe that it is important that a decision in connection with this unfortunate incident comes up early. I welcome the fact that the trial court is beginning from today," she said.

Delhi Police will today submit its 1000-page chargesheet in the brutal gang rape and murder case of a 23-year-old girl before a Metropolitan Magistrate court. Once the Metropolitan Magistrate court takes cognizance of the case, it will move to the designated fast-track court in Delhi.

Charges of gang rape, murder, kidnapping, criminal assault and robbery among other sections of the IPC will be pressed against the accused.

Delhi Police, which had earlier invoked murder charges against the six men allegedly involved in the gang rape, will seek death penalty for five of the six accused in the case.

The sixth person apprehended in the case has claimed that he is a minor and his case will be tried in Juvenile Justice Board. A separate police report will be sent to the Board after a bone test confirms that he is a minor.

The hearing in the gang rape case will take place on a day-to-day basis with no adjournments at a fast-track court, which was inaugurated by Chief Justice of India at Saket on Wednesday.

In the chargesheet, the Police have made the victim's friend and the Singapore doctor who conducted the post mortem as key witnesses and CCTV footage of the bus as evidence.

The girl was gang-raped in a moving bus on December 16 and thrown out with her male friend, who was also battered. (ANI)

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