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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 727

Delhi Govt announces Rs 15 lakh relief for gang-rape victim family

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 01 January (Asian tribune.com)

Shiela_Dixit_2.jpgThe Delhi government on Monday announced financial aid of Rs 15 lakh for the next of the kin of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim and offered a job to a family member of the girl, who died two days ago.

The decisions were taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

"Keeping in view the extremely exceptional circumstances and barbaric nature of the crime, the cabinet decided to sanction an amount of Rs 15 lakh to the surviving members of the victim," said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a statement.

The phsyiotherapy student was brutally gang-raped and assaulted in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16. She breathed her last in a Singapore hospital on Saturday morning and she was cremated in Delhi on Sunday.

Meanwhile, two days after the death of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim, Delhi Police on Sunday said it has finalised around 1,000-page charge sheet in connection with the incident and plans to submit it in court on Thursday.

A senior police official said the charge sheet, which is being vetted by legal experts, has cited 30 witnesses in connection with the December 16 incident. Investigators said they will seek death penalty for the accused in the case.

Six persons were apprehended in connection with the incident, which evoked widespread outrage and anger and triggered violent protests in India Gate and Raisina Hill.

The charge sheet, to be filed in the Saket court, will detail the role of five men while mentioning that a separate report would be sent to Juvenile Justice Board for the trial of the minor boy allegedly involved in the case, the official said. The charge sheet gives details about the sequence of events, the treatment, shifting of the patient to a Singapore hospital as well as her death, the official said. Police have invoked rape, murder and other charges against the accused.

Amid demands by the opposition for convening of a special session of Parliament to pass stringent laws on crime against women, government on Monday said the decision could be taken after Justice Verma Committee, set up for the purpose, submits its recommendations.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said in New Delhi that a special session will make sense after the government receives the report of the three-member committee, headed by Justice J.S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India.

The committee was set up on December 23 with a mandate to review the present statute so as to provide for speedier justice and enhanced punishment in cases of aggravated sexual assault. The committee has to submit its report in 30 days. Chidambaram said a special session is mainly for passing a law. “We have to pass a more effective law both for apprehending people and punishing people and for the procedural aspects,” he said.

Opposition parties, including the BJP and the Left, have been demanding a special session of Parliament to discuss the present rape laws and passing measures which could serve as deterrent in commission of crimes against women.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is writing to all political parties asking them to send their suggestions on the issue of laws relating to crimes against women to the Verma Committee.

- Asian Tribune -

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