Following is a text and video roundup of all the developments happening in the Delhi gang rape case, with inputs from our reporting team in Delhi.
The Delhi High Court has approved setting up of five fast-track courts to try rape cases. The decision comes in the wake of a demand to try the accused in a fast track court and sentence them within 30 days.
Three of the suspects in the Delhi gangrape has admitted their guilt before the courts, with one man, identified as Pawan Gupta, even going so far as to say that he had committed a heinous crime and deserved to be hanged.
He had reportedly said, “Mujhe phansi de do.”
Ram Singh, main accused in the gangrape of a 23-year-old medical student, has told the police that he had brutally assaulted her because she had resisted his attempt to rape her and bitten him. Click here to read more.
Meanwhile another accused identified as Vinay Sharma had said, “We hit the boy but not the girl.”
While Gupta refused to undergo an identification parade, he along with Sharma told the court that they were ashamed of their act.
Mukesh Singh, who was driving the bus, is like to undergo an identification parade at the Tihar Jail tomorrow.
Sharma, an assistant gym instructor and Gupta, a fruit seller, have been sent for custodial interrogation while Mukesh has been sent to Tihar Jail in judicial custody.
Police teams are still looking two of the accused men and is reported to have nabbed one of the accused, Akshay Thakur, in Bihar.
The condition of the 23-year-old para-medical student, who was gang-raped by a group of men in a moving bus , deteriorated last evening after which she has been put on “full-time ventilatory support”, doctors attending on her said.
The girl’s condition in the morning was “better than yesterday’s” but as the day progressed, her condition kept fluctuating, they said.
She has been taken in for one more surgery after her health deteriorated last evening.
WHAT THE POLITICIANS ARE SAYING
PM Manmohan Singh has stepped in and has directed the Home Minister to ensure culprits are brought to book and such incidents are not repeated. He told a group of women MPs that he shares their anguish and said that every action has been taken to ensure that those found guilty will be punished.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde made a statement in both Houses of Parliament detailing several measures to make buses safer for women to travel in at night.
“It has been decided to crack down on all buses having tinted glasses and curtains. They will be impounded,” he said.
You can listen to his statement in the video.
Women MPs including Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan have also met with the Police commissioner and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has demanded action in two strongly-worded letters to Shinde and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
There were three major protests in Delhi — one outside Jantar Mantar, one outside the Delhi Police HQ and one outside the CM’s residence.
Police attempted to disperse the protesters outside the Chief Minister’s residence and used water cannons to disperse them. We have a report in the video.