A Nation Where Daughters are Neither Safe Inside Womb Nor Outside.
This is proven by a real story of 23-year-old physiotherapy student was left battling for her life after being brutally beaten up and raped by at least five drunken men in a private bus which was audaciously driven around south Delhi localities on Sunday night(16 December).
December 16, 2012: The young paramedic student raped and beaten up by six men(while one of the accused is a minor, the others are Ram Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh and Akshay Singh alias Thakur) in a moving private bus and thrown out of it after 30 minutes of torture along with her male friend. They admitted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital the same night.
December 17, 2012: Police identify four men who raped and assaulted the girl. Victim’s full extent of internal injuries determined by doctors.
December 18, 2012: Nation outraged by the brutal gang rape while the incident shakes up Parliament with Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj demanding death penalty for rapists.
Protests carried out by students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on the Ring Road near the Munirka signal against the gang rape. A total of four accused arrested, including bus driver and main accused Ram Singh, search on for two others.
December 19, 2012: Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital treating the victim announce she is communicating through writing messages but still not out of danger. Permit of the bus, which the incident happened, cancelled by the Transport Department.
December 20, 2012: Students from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University and Jamia Milia demonstrated outside Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit‘s residence against the government’s failure to curb the rising number of such crimes against women. The eyewitness and male friend of the victim gives a statement.
December 21, 2012: Safdarjung doctors say the victim is stable, but still critical. She is taken off the ventilator. Her male friend identifies one of the accused, Mukesh, during the test identification parade at Tihar jail. Police conducts raids in Haryana and Bihar, nab one more accused.
December 22, 2012: Protests against the gangrape pick up with nation wide outrage on the incident. Thousands gather at India Gate, as victim remains critical. Victim gives a statement to the sub-divisional magistrate.
December 23, 2012: Protests against the Delhi gangrape turn violent. Protesters defy prohibitory orders of the government, face police’s water cannons and tear gas shells. Constable Subhash Tomar of Delhi Police seriously injured during clashes at India Gate. The young victim’s heath remains serious with bouts of vomiting, although she was communicating and conscious. She also suffered internal bleeding.
December 24, 2012: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh makes statement regarding the gangrape and the following protests. Appeals for calm and assures stringent measures for women in the country. Two gangrape accused brought before a Delhi court say they committed a horrible crime and “deserved to be hanged”.
Constable Subhash Tomar succumbs to injuries sustained during December 23 protests at India Gate. Platelet count and liver function of the gangrape victim improves. She gives her statement again to metropolitan magistrate after CM Dikshit complains to Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde that senior police officials “interfered” in the process. However, the victim’s health deteriorates the same night. December 26, 2012: Protests against the gangrape continue at Jantar Mantar. Constable Tomar cremated with full state honours. Victim shifted to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital in a sudden move after her condition deteriorates and she suffers cardiac arrest.
December 27, 2012: The victim remains critical in the ICU of Mount Elizabeth Hospital. 3,000 security people, from Delhi Police and para-military forces, man Delhi roads to stop any violent demonstration.
December 28, 2012: Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi demands speedy justice in the case. Doctors at Mount Elizabeth say the victim’s condition worsened with signs of multiple organ failure. She gets infection in the lungs and abdomen as well as an injury to the brain.
December 29, 2012: The victim succumbs to massive internal injuries after battling with them for over 12 days. She died at 2:15 am Indian Standard Time on December 29.
The Delhi Police has said they will file the chargesheet in the case on January 3, 2013 and had already invoked the stringent charges of attempt to murder and destruction of evidence against the accused.
Investigators had earlier pressed charges against them under sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of IPC.
After the death of the victim, the police said it will charge the accused with murder too and tell the court to treat it as the rarest of rare case.
But it doesn’t have to end with her death. It doesn’t have to be over. Let her death not be in vain!Let’s not stop rallying!Let’s not stop raising our voices!Let’s not go back to our lives as if nothing happened!Let’s not give the government rest!Let’s not let another rapist walk free!Let’s not back down till we see justice! Coz if we do, we are as much responsible for her death as those we choose to blame. It’s not enough to judge, rant and give up. It’s not enough to react. It’s time to ACT NOW!