All four people accused in the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad were killed in an encounter by the Warangal police in the early hours of Friday, 6 December.
The brutal gang-rape and murder of the 27-year-old woman last Thursday had left the nation in a state of shock. The four accused were in judicial custody at Cherlapally Central Jail in Hyderabad.
As per sources, the four accused were shot dead on NH-44 near Hyderabad, the same highway where the charred body of 26-year-old Disha was found. The accused were allegedly taken to the crime scene for recreation of the scene at around 3 am. When the accused allegedly tried to escape, the police had to open fire.
This has triggered conversations across the country reassessing if death penalty is the right way to deal with sexual violence.
‘Glad Justice was Served’
Badrinath Singh, the father of the victim in the 2012 gang-rape case, said the woman’s family has been spared the ordeal he and his wife have been put through in the past seven years. His wife, Asha Devi, said she was extremely happy with this punishment. “Police has done a great job & I demand that no action should be taken against the police personnel,” she said.
"“At least one daughter has been served justice. I thank the police. I have been shouting for 7 years, punish the culprits even if it needs to be done by breaking laws and then see how the society changes for good.”" - Asha Devi, the mother of the victim in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case
Lok Sabha MP Rajyavardhan Rathore congratulated the police for their actions.
I congratulate the hyderabad police and the leadership that allows the police to act like police— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) December 6, 2019
Let all know this is the country where good will always prevail over evil
(Disclaimer for holier than thou- police acted swiftly in self defence)#Encounter#hyderabadpolice
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‘Death Penalty Not An Answer to Rape’
Meanwhile, advocate Vrinda Grover slammed the police saying what they have done is ‘absolutely unacceptable,’ and that an FIR should be registered against them. She also called for an independent judicial enquiry.
Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, said she will sit on a hunger strike in protest. “I won't get up until I get assurance from Centre that rapists will be served death penalty within 6 months. Police accountability needs to be set,” she said.
Advocate Karuna Nundy said this should serve as a wake up call to the government to appoint more judges and police, strengthen investigation so the right people are caught fast and bring in robust witness protection programmes.
The Justice Verma Committee recommended that death penalty not be introduced for rape, at the very least it has no impact.— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) December 6, 2019
Brutality invites more brutality. Incentives shift. Granting the death penalty in one individual, heartbreaking case might harm another woman. 5/n
She questioned why the police had to conduct an investigation at 3.30 am. “When they were sleeping during the golden hour of evidence, refusing to register an FIR, when the young vet was alive?,” she had tweeted.
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