“Hang me!” So said an accused in the gang rape of a young woman yesterday in a Delhi court which sent him and two others to police remand after all of them admitted their involvement in the crime.
Vinay Sharma (20), an assistant gym instructor, told the court that he had beaten up the gang-rape victim’s male friend but did nothing with the girl and told Metropolitan Magistrate Sandeep Garg: “Hang me!”
Also Pawan Gupta (19), confessed before the magistrate that he had done wrong with the girl. Accused Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh, the brother of co-accused bus driver Ram Singh, in whose vehicle the crime took place, were presented in the Saket court.
Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Agarwal sent Gupta and Sharma to four days in police custody. Mukesh was sent to Tihar jail for 14 days in custody. Mukesh, after confessing to the crime, agreed to undergo an identification parade. Gupta and Sharma refused to do so.
Gupta told the court that he did not want to undergo the identification exercise as he had committed a “horrible act”. The court said that Mukesh would undergo the identification drill — in which an alleged offender is brought before witnesses and victims — on December 20 in jail.
The bus driver, who was on Tuesday sent to police remand till December 23, too had refused to undergo the identification parade. The Delhi High Court took suo moto notice of the gang-rape incident and remarked, “Nobody is safe here.” The High Court told police to file a report by Friday.
The rape and torture occurred on Sunday night when the woman and her male friend boarded a private bus in south Delhi after watching a movie. The woman is on ventilator and battling for life in Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi.
Victim on ventilator, organs damaged
The small intestine of the gang-rape victim have been removed in a two-hour surgery, doctors said yesterday, adding that the victim is “still critical”. Describing the incident as “one of the most tragic incidents” that they had ever seen, the doctors said the victim’s badly damaged intestine was susceptible to gangrene and had to be removed.
Doctors at the Safdarjung hospital performed an elective abdominal surgery — gastronomy and duodenustromy — and surgeons had to remove her gangrenous small intestine. They said she has lost most of her intestine.
“This was a planned surgery and at this juncture she is responding to treatment fairly well, she is stable but she continues to be critical,” said Dr BD Athani, medical superintendent of the hospital.
The doctor said the woman was admitted to the ICU and was on ventilator. Her blood pressure and platelet levels were unstable. Her condition had “slightly deteriorated” on Tuesday.
‘Crackdown on buses with tinted windows, curtains’
A day after parliament exploded over the gang-rape of a woman in a moving bus, the government vowed a crackdown on buses with tinted glasses and curtains in the capital.
Asked by members in the Rajya Sabha why police did not spot the bus even after it passed three patrolling vans, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde blamed it on tinted glasses. “Usually PCR (police control room) vans take rounds after an hour. The bus had tinted glasses and curtains,” the minister said.
Shinde said that with immediate effect, Delhi Police will crack down on all commercial buses having tinted windows and curtains. Police would also verify the antecedents of all drivers, staff of all public vehicles and autorickshaws in Delhi. Vehicles run by “unverified staff” would be impounded, Shinde said, adding that the number of PCR vans would be raised.