New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Today one of the five fast track court (FTC) trials opened against five of the six accused in the rape and death of a girl in New Delhi, on 16 December. The District Attorney of Saket - where we will take the process - will present the charges against the accused, in a report of more than 1000 pages. The sixth arrested is a 17 year old boy, who will be tried in a juvenile court. If they are found guilty, the five risk the death penalty.
While in India a rape occurs every 20 minutes, the case has sparked a strong reaction throughout the country. Altamas Kabir, President of the Supreme Court of India, appealed for "caution" in the civil society protests that, at times, have been violent. "Although it is a good thing - he said - that people have decided to speak out against such crimes," people can "not to be carried away by dangerous sentiments" and "invoke do-it-yourself justice ". The rape of the girl, he said, "is not an isolated case: gestures as terrible happen all the time. On that same Dec. 16, a 10 year old girl was raped and then burnt alive."
"These - the judge added - are not crimes against the body, but against the soul of a person. Let us not lose sight of the fact that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Let us balance things. Let us not get carried away. Provide justice in a fair but swift manner so that faith of people is once again restored that the judiciary is there behind the common man. "
According to the population, in order to stem the violence, the government must take extreme measures: the death penalty, a list with the names of the rapists in the country, chemical castration. Regarding the latter option, speaking on behalf of many colleagues Dr. Amrendera Pathak, urologist at Bara Hindu Rao Hospital terms it "unnecessary and impractical." He says, "it is used in cases of prostate cancer. Not only is its effect temporary, it can cause damage in 'healthy' patients, but it does not address all the social and psychological factors that lead a man to rape."