KCR orders fast track court for vet murder case

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

The charred body of the victim, a resident of Shadnagar on the suburbs of the state capital, was found in an underpass adjacent to the Bangalore-Hyderabad national highway-44 and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in the wee hours of Thursday, leaving many questions about whether the "Pearl City", as Hyderabad is known since the Nizam's rule, is safe for women any more after its bifurcation from Andhra Pradesh in 2014. The woman's scooter tyres had allegedly been deflated by four men, who then sat waiting in a lorry nearby and approached her to offer help.

The four accused, who have been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days, are expected to undergo a "fast-track" trial as demanded by many protesters and politicians.

Her last phone call was to her sister saying her bike had broken down and she was scared because some people sitting in a truck were staring at her, Mr Sajjanar said.

While the suspects were quickly detained, the killing sparked new outrage in a country that has been in the worldwide spotlight over its handling of sex assaults since the brutal gang-rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus in 2012.

Victim's mother calls for culprits to also be burnt alive like her daughter.

"He sent Shiva to fill air in the tyre", the commissioner said and added that it was at this time that the victim called her sister and told her about the situation. The body was wrapped in a blanket and had been doused with kerosene. The woman, who was receiving treatment in a hospital in Delhi, succumbed to her severe burn injuries on Saturday. "The only objective of this protest is to ensure that I am not burned to death tomorrow", she said.

"If your blood doesn't boil even now, it's not blood but water", they chanted.

According to government figures, more than 32,000 rape cases were reported in 2017. Experts, however, say that the crime is vastly unreported. "That our police encourages victim-blaming, that is the problem", Kavita Krishnan of the All India Progressive Women's Association told Al Jazeera from New Delhi.

Some locals, including activists, staged a protest outside Shadnagar Police Station where the accused are lodged, raised slogans against them and demanded severe punishment for them.

"[The] judiciary is interested in regulating women's sexuality and judging them rather than offering them justice", she said.

State IT Minister K T Rama Rao, son of the chief minister, on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to amend IPC and CrPC so as to provide for capital punishment to perpetrators of crimes against women and children.

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