BEIJING, Jan. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- In India, five men have been formally charged in a New Delhi court with the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old university student. The case has generated widespread anger about the government’s failure to prevent violence against women.
Police filed a 1,000-page chargesheet in the brutal case. The document lays out 9 charges against five of the six men arrested. Among them: murder, rape, and robbery.
A sixth suspect is under 18 and will be tried separately in a juvenile court. Officials say they plan to push for the death penalty in the case.
The case was handled by the Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Saket, a new fast-track court in south Delhi that was inaugurated the day before to deal specifically with crimes against women.
And the father of the rape victim hopes the government will enact tougher new laws in response to the tragedy.
Father of rape victim said, "The toughest and the harshest punishment should be given. Why only this crime, the law should be amended so that in the future no one will even think about committing a crime like this. This is what I want."
Meanwhile, a group of lawyers protested outside the Court. They said measures should be taken to put an end to crimes against women.
PM Sharma, Supreme Court Advocate, said, "The legal community is very angry. There is legal awareness, we understand the severity of this crime. In our country, even today, women are not safe. We are men, but want safety for our women."
The victim, whose name has not been revealed, was attacked after boarding a bus with a male companion.
The woman suffered severe internal injuries that eventually led to her death on Saturday at a hospital in Singapore.
The case has sparked demands for tough new rape laws, better police protection for women and a sustained campaign to change society’s views about women in India.
And activists say the tragedy could mark a turning point for women’s rights in the country.
In New Delhi alone, the number of reported rapes rose to more than 600 last year, from 570 in 2011.
Light sentencing in such cases have contributed to the number of crimes against women.