Statement of Union Home Minister on Incident of gang rape in South Delhi
December 18, 2012
Following is the text of the statement made by Union Home Minister Shri Sushilkumar Shinde in both Houses of Parliament today on the incident of gang rape in South Delhi on 16th December, 2012.
“A student of Physiotherapy and her friend took a lift at Munirka Bus Stand on the Outer Ring Road at around 9:15 PM on 16th December, 2012 in a chartered bus which was not authorized to pick up passenger. During the journey, these six persons beat up the couple, gang raped the girl injuring her grievously, robbed them of their belongings and clothes and left them by the side of NH-8 in Mahipalpur area. The victims were immediately taken to Safdarjung Hospital by PCR. The boy was discharged after treatment on the same day. The girl is admitted in the hospital and is recuperating according to the doctors.
Delhi Police immediately launched an investigation, identified and seized the bus and arrested the main accused Ram Singh (33 years), the regular driver of the bus. He disclosed the names of the other five persons involved. Three of them have already been apprehended bringing the total arrest to four. Arrest parties have been sent to nab the remaining two persons. The bus DL-IPC-0149 belongs to a private transporter and is used to transport children of Birla Vidya Niketan School in Pushp Vihar, Saket.
The case was detected without loss of time, and four of the six accused have been arrested. It is proposed to have this case tried by a fast track court, with a request for day to day hearing, so that the trial does not linger.
I will take a detailed review with Delhi Police officers and ensure that all the necessary steps which need be taken to make Delhi safer for women.
If there are any lapses, strict action will be taken against the concerned police officers.
Some facts about the steps taken by Delhi Police for making Delhi a safer place for women at night:-
a. All roads are covered by PCR vans at night. The frequency of patrolling kept as high as possible.
b. Specific routes have been identified which are used by women returning from their workplaces like call centers/BPOs at night and the number of emergency Response vehicles and PCR Vans on these routes have been increased; apart from introducing Motorcycle patrols.
c. Delhi Police has issued orders to BPOs and other establishments that at night they must drop their workers at their door-step.
d. Three dedicated helplines have been set up for women and publicized.
A Special Task Force at the level of Home Secretary will be constituted to look into the safety issues for women in Delhi by taking into consideration the suggestions made by the Hon’ble Members in the House.
A Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2012 has already been introduced in the Lok Sabha on 4th December, 2012 with the objective of rationalizing the various sections of IPC and Indian Evidence Act dealing with sexual offences against women so that the conviction rate is improved.”
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- Probation of Offenders Act, 1958
- Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000