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Indian court orders hanging of attackers in Delhi gang rape case

NEW DELHI, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Four men were sentenced to death on Friday for fatally raping a young woman on a bus last December in an attack that triggered angry protests and widespread calls for the execution of her attackers.

Judge Yogesh Khanna, who convicted the men for gang rape and "cold-blooded" murder earlier this week, rejected their lawyers' plea for a lighter sentence.

"Everybody got the death penalty," said one of the defence lawyers, A.P. Singh, outside the courtroom.

The woman, a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist, and a male friend were lured onto a bus by five men and a teenager. The woman was then repeatedly raped and tortured with a metal bar. Her injuries were so severe that she died two weeks later.

One of the five men arrested in connection with the attack committed suicide in prison in March, while the teenager was sentenced to three years in a reformatory last month, the maximum sentence that be given to juveniles under Indian law.

Khanna's ruling still has to be ratified by the Delhi High Court, and the four men can appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. The appeals process could take years, lawyers said.
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CBI takes over Vasco minor's rape case

PANAJI: The Goa police have finally handed over the Vasco student rape case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). CBI SP Prem Kumar told TOI that the agency has registered the case against unknown persons. 

On January 14, a seven-year-old girl was raped in the toilet of the school she studied at in Vasco. On Wednesday, Kumar said, "We have taken over the investigation from the Goa police." Sources said the Union home ministry has issued a notification transferring the case to CBI from the crime branch of Goa police. 

After Goa police failed to nab the accused in the rape case for over six months, the state government, in June, agreed to the demand of an NGO to hand over the case to the central investigating agency but there was some delay in handing over the case. 

In May this year, NGO People Against Atrocities and Justice had demanded that as the local crime branch had failed to detect the case, it should be investigated by CBI. 

Agreeing to the demand, the state government had accorded consent to the Delhi special police establishment. 

Accordingly, the CBI wrote a letter to the Union home ministry stating that it would investigate the case. 

The rape of the minor girl in the school's toilet had brought into sharp focus the security of children in schools-both, private and state-run-in Goa. 

Despite chief minister Manohar Parrikar stating that the police had been able to get "leads", there was no breakthrough in the case.
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Gang rape trial over, yet thousands of victims await justice

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Miles away from India's capital, a mother-of-two who makes a living cobbling shoes, knows nothing about the fatal gang-rape of a young woman in New Delhi and the furious street protests that followed her grisly ordeal on a moving bus.

And she won't have heard about the guilty verdict passed down by a court on Tuesday on four men accused of the assault.

The 49-year-old low-caste woman was herself raped, by four policemen in a village police station in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. That was four years ago, and she is still waiting for justice.

"It's taking a long time. I've been to the court so many times, but still I am waiting. Each time, the hearing is delayed and delayed," says the woman, speaking by telephone from Jamwada village in Betul district.

"It's been four years. It is costly and time-consuming to keep going to court, but I want those men who did this to me to get what they deserve. I don't know when that will be or if it will ever happen," said the woman, who cannot be identified.

A special fast-track court took seven months to pronounce a verdict in the Delhi gang rape, a shocking assault that made headlines around the globe and sparked debate in India about an unbridled culture of crimes against women.

But human rights lawyers say the outcry over the Delhi case made it an exception to the rule of a criminal justice system that fails thousands of rape victims in India. For them, the judicial process is archaic, under-resourced, gender-insensitive and painfully slow.

"While we applaud this verdict and the relative speed with which the trial was conducted, we mourn the fact that there are so many survivors out there who are neither getting any kind of media attention, nor are they getting any kind of judicial attention," says Rebecca Mammen John, a Supreme Court lawyer. "As a result, their cases are languishing in courts with no end in sight."


Police in New Delhi say that only 4 out of 10 rapes are reported, largely because of the deep-rooted conservatism of Indian society, where many victims are scared to come forward for fear of being "shamed" by their family and communities.

Those who do report a rape face numerous challenges in getting attackers put behind bars - dealing with apathetic police, unsympathetic medical examinations and no counselling, shoddy police investigations and weak prosecutions.

One of the biggest obstacles to winning justice for rape victims is the length of the trials. An average case can take a court five to 10 years to reach judgment, legal experts say.

India has far too few courts, judges and prosecutors for its 1.2 billion people. It has one-fifth of the number of judges per capita that the United States has, and there is a backlog of millions of cases.

There are more than 23,000 rape cases alone pending before the high courts, according to the law ministry. The process is so drawn out that many cases are dropped and the accused acquitted long before all the evidence is heard and a judgment pronounced.

The victims often become tired and disillusioned, unable to spend the time and money required to attend the court hearings, and some just want to get on with their lives. Victims are also sometimes intimidated during lengthy trials by the accused who are, in some cases, granted bail by the court.

As a result, victims can be bullied into accepting illegal "out-of-court" settlements such as a small cash payment. In more extreme instances, the victim's family is pressured into marrying their daughter to the accused. There is no witness protection programme in India.

Shaken by the outrage over the Delhi rape, the government now plans to set up 1,800 fast-track courts across the country to try violent crimes against women, children and the elderly.

But legal experts and women's rights groups say fast-track courts are only part of the solution and broader judicial reforms are required, such as recruitment of more judges and prosecutors as well as substantial investments in establishing more courts.

"This verdict is welcomed but this case should not be an exceptional one due to all the media attention," warned Kavita Krishnan, secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association, after Tuesday's verdict.

"Rather it should set a standard. It should say that in each and every instance of sexual violence against women in India, there should be delivery of a speedy and fair verdict. It cannot be tokenism. It has to be for all women."

(Additional reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing by John Chalmers and Ron Popeski)
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Delhi gang-rape: Have not lost hope, says victim's family

Ballia (UP): Though unhappy with the decision of Juvenile Justice Board, family members of the December 16 gang-rape victim have not lost all hope of getting justice for her and plan to meet Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. 

The father of the victim said that they have spoken to Sonia's daughter Priyanka Vadra and will also try to meet Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. 

"The decision is unfortunate... We will talk to lawyers. We want him (juvenile accused) to be hanged. We hope that decision on the other four accused will also come within next 10-15 days and they will get capital punishment," father of the gang-rape victim said. 

After the decision of the Juvenile Board, they had talked to Priyanka over telephone and she had promised to give time for the meeting within 10 days, he said. 

"We will also try to meet Sonia Gandhi, Rahul ji, Sheila Dixit and Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury to ensure that my daughter gets justice", he said. 

Asked about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the victim's father said that he had not met him till now. 

"It would be better if he had met us and consoled us... but he has not met us as yet," he added. 

In the first conviction yesterday in the December 16 gangrape case, the juvenile accused was found guilty of murder and rape of the 23-year-old girl and got a maximum of three years imprisonment mandated under the juvenile law. 

On the night of December 16 last year, the victim, a paramedic student, was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six persons in a moving bus in New Delhi. 

The victim later succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29 last year. 

The four adult accused are being tried by a fast-track court in Saket in New Delhi. Another accused Ram Singh was found dead on March 11 in his cell in Tihar Jail and the trial against him has been abated. 
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