Mumbai gangrape: Victim's family wants 'severe punishment' for accused
Mumbai, Aug 26: Four days after the 22-year-old photojournalist was gangraped at defunct Shakti Mills compound near Mahalaxmi railway station in Mumbai, her family has issued a statement to the media asking for severe punishment for all accused.
The victim's mother's verbatim goes as: "My daughter and I are overwhelmed with the support given to us by the police, the media and the public at large during such a nightmarish phase for us.
Now that stringent laws are in place, we are optimistic that your and the government's efforts will help fast track the matter so that the severest of punishment is meted out. This will ensure that even the most sick-minded think twice before they act in such an inhuman and insensitive way.
Please continue to respect the privacy of my daughter and me in this most trying time of our lives and give us the breathing space we so desperately need by not visiting our residence."
Meanwhile, the victim, who was gangraped by five men on Thursday evening, when she had gone on an official assignment along with a male colleague, is said to be in a stable condition. Her colleague was tied with a belt and was also beaten up.
The accused even threatened to kill her if she reported the incident to anyone.
On Saturday, the victim said that she wants to resume her work as soon as possible and want to put past behind.
In a swift action, Mumbai police arrested all the five accused and they will face trial in a fast-track court.
Noted criminal lawyer Ujjwal Nikam has been appointed as the special public prosecutor to solve the case.