Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Delhi gang rape case


A female physiotherapy[1] student was gang raped in Delhi on 16 December 2012.[2][3] The woman, whose name has not been disclosed, is referred to as Damini (after the 1993 Hindi film Damini), Nirbhaya and Amanat by the Indian public and media.[4][5] The victim, with a male companion, boarded a bus in South Delhi around 9:30 pm[1]after watching a film (movie). They both were assaulted by a group of six males already on board the bus, who raped the woman.[6] The young woman is being treated atSafdarjang Hospital, where she has been on ventilator support for five days.[7][8]
The incident has generated public protests and international coverage,[2][6][9] being condemned by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, who called on the Government of India and the Government of Delhi “to do everything in their power to take up radical reforms, ensure justice and reach out with robust public services to make women’s lives more safe and secure”.[10]
At the suggestion of Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Chief Minister, five fast track courts were approved to try the rape cases.[11] The Parliament’s Standing Committee on Home Affairs meets on 27 December 2012 to discuss the issue, with summonses for Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh and Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.[12] On 21 December 2012, the government promised to file the charge sheet “quickly” and seek the maximum penalty of life imprisonment for the perpetrators.[13]