Delhi gang rape victim's neighbours want rapists hanged
Ravidas Camp, a south Delhi slum, which is home to four of the six gang rapists, was seething with anger yesterday over the 23 year-old victim's death as some residents pressed for hanging the culprits and described them as 'wolves'.
“Ram Singh — the bus driver —must be hanged as such wolves deserve nothing less than that,” area resident and Class 10 student Pooja Yadav said.
“Our heads hang in shame today because of the despicable act of these boys. They must reap what they have sown,” said Rajji, another resident.
The homes of Ram Singh, fruit seller Pawan Gupta, gym instructor Vinay Sharma and Ram Singh’s brother Mukesh are situated in the labyrinth by-lanes of this slum cluster which houses nearly 300 houses in the RK Puram area.
Forty year-old Kamla wanted to join the protests. “I wish I could go to India Gate to join the cause, but I fear I might be outcast if people come to know that I am from Ravidas Camp.”
The house of Vinay was also seemed deserted. Neighbours said his family members left the city to save themselves from the ignominy.
Neetu, a neighbour of Vinay, said, “I saw Vinay grow up and I cannot believe it. The incident has shocked all of us. I don’t know how will I get my children admitted to a school as the incident has earned a bad name to this place (Ravidas Camp).”
But some residents are living in fear. Nageshwar, 42, a resident of the slum, said, “You never know when a mob may attack the slum and torch or ransack our houses. But we want to say that we are as angry as the whole nation. We want them to be hanged.”