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Delhi bus gangrape: 3 arrested, student unions protest


New Delhi, Dec 18:The Delhi Police have arrested three of the prime accused in connection with the gangrape of a 23-year-old medical student in a private chartered bus here on Sunday night. Those arrested include the driver of the vehicle, Ram Singh, and his brother.

The police have also recovered the iron rod with which the victim and her male friend were brutally assaulted. Four other suspects were also detained. Sunday's horrific incident was the eleventh case of rape in a moving vehicle in Delhi in the last 10 years. Four of those cases have been registered in 2012 itself.

Meanwhile, student unions in the national capital have threatened to protest against the rising incidents of violence against women and lack of initiative by the authorities to strictly pursue the cases.

A section of serving and former police officers have suggested increasing the number of surprise checking in private and DTC buses. It was suggested that more police personnel should be deployed in areas that have high concentration of students, like in places around the north and south campus and also the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The police was also advised to conduct intensive checking in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida borders of the city.

The police should also monitor places like malls and market areas that remain open till late night and ensure that culprits targeting women are put on a fast-track trial and sentenced without delay.

Delhi govt may set up fast track courts for rape victims

Meanwhile, the Delhi government on Monday indicated that it might set up fast track courts to ensure speedy justice to victims of such crimes. The Delhi Cabinet is expected to take up a proposal in this regard very soon, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's Parliamentary Secretary Mukesh Sharma said.

He said Dikshit called Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar more than once to seek details about the probe and asked him to take immediate steps to arrest the perpetrators. The Chief Minister also wanted Kumar to make visible steps that would make women in the capital feel safer after this "horrific" incident, Sharma said. She also told the Police Commissioner that stringent measures should be taken to ensure the safety of women in the capital.

Meanwhile, Delhi Minister Kiran Walia visited the rape victim at Safdarjung Hospital and asked doctors to take all possible treatment for the victim. Walia visited the hospital on the instructions of Dikshit, Sharma said.

The permit of the bus in which the crime occurred has been cancelled, said Dikshit.

OneIndia News

(With PTI inputs)

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