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Family of minor rape victim want death penalty for rapist

Friday, 28 December 2012 - 12:44pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna
On one hand, while the entire country has united in protest of the heinous gang rape case in Delhi, on the other, people have ignored the rape and death of a two-and-a-half year-old girl who became the victim of a guest at her house, or so believe the family members. Not a single government officer has come to meet the grieving family.

On one hand, while the entire country has united in protest of the heinous gang rape case in Delhi, on the other, people have ignored the rape and death of a two-and-a-half year-old girl who became the victim of a guest at her house, or so believe the family members. Not a single government officer has come to meet the grieving family.

Roxy Gagdekar talks to Lokraj Dhakal – the victim’s grandfather, who wants the accused to be hanged as soon as possible. Dhakal, working as a security guard at a temple at a famous religious place in Gujarat, speaks to DNA about government’s action and his expectation from the government. 

Do you think government will take a serious note of this rape?
If a Dhananjay Chatterjee can be hanged for raping and killing a minor, why can’t Keshavraj Joshi? I want to request the government to hang the accused as soon as possible.

What do you expect from the government?
India is one country, be it West Bengal, Bihar, Delhi or Gujarat. Justice was delivered to the parents of a 14-year-old girl by hanging Dhananjay. If West Bengal government can do this, why can’t Gujarat? I want justice, that’s all.

Do you think there are people standing for you?
Who hears a poor? I am glad that people raised their voices for the victim of Delhi gang rape, but no one wants to talk about our problem – except some of our neighbours. A poor has to fight his struggle on his own. No rally, no agitations and no fasts.

Did anyone from the government come to your help?
No, except the police, no one from the government approached us for anything. The police had registered the case of rape and murder, but that is not enough. The law is not stringent enough to punish someone for such a heinous act.

What now?
There are many ways, if the state government fails to give him stringent punishment we will go to the upper courts. I have already approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and woman’s commission of India. I believe they will act immediately and ensure that the accused is hanged soon.

What are your immediate demands?
The case should be tried in a fast-track court.
The charge sheet should be filed within next 20 days
A special female public prosecutor should be appointed immediately
In-camera trial should be conducted
A woman magistrate should hear the case.




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