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Delhi gangrape case to be tried in fast track court: Shinde


Sushilkumar Shinde
New Delhi, Dec 18: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today said that the Delhi gangrape case will be tried on fast-track basis and action will be taken if lapses are found on part of the police. Replying to an impromptu discussion in Rajya Sabha on Sunday's incident, Shinde said that he agreed with the views expressed by members.

Promising to take steps for ensuring safety of women in Delhi where law and order is under the direct control of the Union Home Ministry, Shinde said that a special task force headed by the Home Secretary will be constituted to look into suggestions made by members in this regard.

He said that all roads will be covered by PCR vans at night and specific routes used by women working in BPOs and call centres will be identified for increased patrolling by police. "I will inquire into this case. I shall take action," he assured the House when members questioned him as to what action had been taken by the Home Ministry so far against Delhi Police personnel in this particular case.

Shinde said that Delhi Police has issued orders to BPOs and other organisations to ensure that their women staff working in evening shifts are dropped at their doorstep. Besides, three helpline services for women would be launched.

He also mentioned that a Criminal Law Amendment Bill for dealing with sexual offences has already been introduced in Lok Sabha which seeks to enhance punishment for such crimes.

The case so far

Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar earlier told the media about the police investigation into the rape case so far. He said four of the six culprits have already been picked up and a search is on for the remaining rapists. Kumar also said that the police would appeal to court for a fast track hearing of the case.

Giving an account of case, he said that one of the accused Ram Singh had gone for a joyride on the chartered bus he used to drive when he spotted the victim and her friend in Munirka. Ram Singh offered to drop them to their destination Mahavir Enclave near Palam. He even charged them Rs 10 each as fare.

Soon, five others already present in the bus started molesting the girl. When her friend resisted, they beat him up and raped the girl. After raping the girl, they hit her badly and dumped the duo in Vasant Vihar area.

The driver after the arrest denied that the incident took place in his bus. He had even washed the vehicle to destroy the evidence. However, on sustained questioning, he confessed to the crime.

Apart from Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, gym instructor Vinay Sharma and fruit vendor Pavan Gupta were also arrested. The commissioner said that the victim's condition was still serious but she was recovering.

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