Indian protesters demand death for rape accused

Updated 30 January 2013
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Indian protesters demand death for rape accused

NEW DELHI: Scores of protesters gathered near India’s Parliament yesterday demanding the death penalty for six men accused of the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi last month, even as India’s Supreme Court yesterday rejected a petition to move the trial out of New Delhi.
The protesters carried placards saying: “Give us Justice, Hang the Rapists,” and shouted slogans before conducting a mock hanging of the men who are facing trial in a special court in New Delhi.
The petition, filed by a Delhi-based lawyer, argued that the men would not get a fair trial because of the charged atmosphere in New Delhi following the outcry over the rape and subsequent death of the woman.
The court declared the petition void because the lawyer who filed it was no longer representing one of the defendants.
Also yesterday, the victim’s family said it would appeal against a ruling by a juvenile court that one of the accused would be tried as a juvenile since he was under 18 when the attack took place.
The juvenile court’s determination means the teenager he will face a maximum term of three years in a reform facility. If tried as an adult, he could face the death penalty if convicted.
The victim’s father, who cannot be identified until the end of the trial because of a gag order, said a bone test should be conducted on the teenager to determine his age.
Meanwhile, the specially appointed fast-track court was separately hearing arguments in the trial of the men charged with attacking the woman and a male friend on a moving bus.
Details of the proceedings were not available because of the gag order against revealing what happens inside the courtroom.
Police say the 23-year-old victim and her friend boarded the bus on Dec. 16 after seeing an evening movie. But the bus turned out to be off-duty and was being driven by a group of friends who, police say, attacked the couple and then took turns raping the woman. They also penetrated her repeatedly with a metal bar, causing massive internal injuries. The two were eventually dumped on the roadside. The woman died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.
The brutal attack set off nation-wide protests and sparked a national debate about the treatment of women across the country and the inability of law enforcement to protect them.
Since the gang rape, sexual violence has become front-page news nearly every day across the country, with demands that the government do more to protect women and prosecute those that attack them. A government-appointed panel last week announced a wide range of measures on ensuring women safety.


India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

Updated 21 April 2018
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India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

  • The decision to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under 12 follows an outrage over the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir.
  • The Press Trust of India news agency reported that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval.

New Delhi: India’s government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women.
The Press Trust of India news agency reported Saturday that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval. It will require the approval of Parliament within six months in order the become law.
The decision follows an outrage over the recent brutal rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir state and the alleged rape of a girl by a ruling party lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh state.
Countrywide protests following a 2012 New Delhi gang rape and murder case prompted the government to double prison terms for rapists to 20 years.