(Image Source: Times of India)

BY DAN KENNEDY

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY


The five men accused of beating and brutally gang raping a 23-year-old medical student—who later died from the attack—will be tried behind closed doors in India.
Here’s the BBC.

“A lot of angry lawyers inside, policemen, a lot of media now, so the judge couldn’t start the proceedings... The public prosecutors from the beginning have been asking for closed-door trial to avoid the kind of chaos they’re seeing today.”

The case has sparked outrage and protest—not just in that one India courtroom, but across the world.

CNN reports the magistrate in charge cited the suspects’ safety as the reason for a closed trial.

The student—whose name has not been released—died in a hospital after being attacked. Protesters also say in India, the rape victims are too often blamed. That case isn’t being helped by a spiritual guru who is doing exactly that. Indian media quote him as saying:

"The victim is as guilty as her rapists... She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop... This could have saved her dignity and life.”

The men have been charged with murder, rape and other crimes. A sixth suspect is reportedly 17 years old and will not be tried as an adult. And the victim’s dad is speaking out.

“I support the nation’s plea to award the death sentence to those beasts. Secondly, the juvenile person in the case should not be pardoned.”

If convicted, those accused could face the death penalty.

 

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Jan 7, 2013

India Gang Rape: Trial Behind Closed Doors


(Image Source: Times of India)

BY DAN KENNEDY

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY


The five men accused of beating and brutally gang raping a 23-year-old medical student—who later died from the attack—will be tried behind closed doors in India.
Here’s the BBC.

“A lot of angry lawyers inside, policemen, a lot of media now, so the judge couldn’t start the proceedings... The public prosecutors from the beginning have been asking for closed-door trial to avoid the kind of chaos they’re seeing today.”

The case has sparked outrage and protest—not just in that one India courtroom, but across the world.

CNN reports the magistrate in charge cited the suspects’ safety as the reason for a closed trial.

The student—whose name has not been released—died in a hospital after being attacked. Protesters also say in India, the rape victims are too often blamed. That case isn’t being helped by a spiritual guru who is doing exactly that. Indian media quote him as saying:

"The victim is as guilty as her rapists... She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop... This could have saved her dignity and life.”

The men have been charged with murder, rape and other crimes. A sixth suspect is reportedly 17 years old and will not be tried as an adult. And the victim’s dad is speaking out.

“I support the nation’s plea to award the death sentence to those beasts. Secondly, the juvenile person in the case should not be pardoned.”

If convicted, those accused could face the death penalty.

 
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