Hang all 6 rapists, demands Delhi gangrape victim's family

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New Delhi, Jan 25: It has been more than a month when the brutal Delhi gangrape episode in the national capital shocked everyone. Now, the family of the 23-year-old victim is demanding capital punishment all the six accused, including the minor.

Fast track court started hearing on framing of charges against Delhi gangrape case accused.

The mourning family members of the victim have urged the central government to amend the law in this connection. Moreover, victim's family has turned down the offer of a job to one of the family members by Delhi government.

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"The family would never accept that the person who played a major role in the crime is let off with a mere punishment of three years only because he has the excuse that he is a minor," the grandfather of the 23-year-old victim told PTI.

The family would urge the central government to amend the law in this connection, he said.

The brother said his family had full faith that the medical examination would prove him (minor accused) to be a major and pave way for the sternest of punishment.

However, the report submitted by three-member Justice Verma committee to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday, Jan 23 suggested life imprisonment for gangrape but not death penalty. The panel was headed by former Chief Justice of India JS Verma.

The other members of the committee were Justice (Retd) Leila Seth, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court and former Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramaniam. The three-member Justice Verma panel was set up to suggest tougher laws for crimes against women. "Gangrape will entail a punishment of not less than 20 years, but which also may extend to life. Gangrape followed by death shall be punished with life imprisonment," Justice Verma told reporters after submitting the report.

"Punishment for causing death or a persistent vegetative state shall be given rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 20 years but may be for life also, which shall mean the rest of the person's life," said the 631-page report.

On being asked why death penalty for rapists has not been recommended by Justice Verma committee, Justice Verma said, "because there were overwhelming suggestions from the women organisations against it."

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