Apparently some inmates in a New Delhi prison can’t wait for the justice system to take its course and have resorted instead to beating up and poisoning one of the key suspects in the gang rape incident of last December. You migh trecall the story of the Indian lady who boarded a bus in the company of her boyfriend in December 2012, only for both of them to be set upon by a gang rapists who viciously attacked both of them. The lady dies of horrific internal injuries two weeks later and India became the focus of global attention. The arrest and prosecution of the suspects became a matter for international interest thereafter and the Indian government has been at pains to be seen to actually be doing something to remedy the situation.
- Prison authorities have denied any mistreatment at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail
- Vinya Sharma was one of five men and a teenage boy arrested on suspicion of raping the 23-year-old student in December
- She died two weeks later in a hospital in Singapore
- One of his co-accused was found hanged inside his cell in March
By TARA BRADY
One of the men on trial for the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in India has been beaten and poisoned by prison inmates and is unconscious in hospital, his lawyer has said.
Prison authorities denied any mistreatment of Vinya Sharma, who has been at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail since he was arrested on suspicion of attacking the woman in December that stunned India and brought thousands of protesters onto the streets.
One of Sharma’s co-accused, Ram Singh, the alleged ringleader, was found hanged from a ceiling grille inside his cell in March.
Police described his death as suicide although a judicial inquiry is pending.
Sharma’s lawyer, A.P. Singh, accused inmates of ‘beating him on the chest’ and poisoning his food, and said he was admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital on Tuesday after being treated at another city hospital since Sunday.
‘Vinay was beaten by four or five fellow inmates inside the jail premises,’ he told Reuters, adding he was in an unconscious state.
Sunil Gupta, a spokesman for Tihar Jail, said Sharma was being treated in a city hospital for a fever.
‘There was no such beating of Vinay to my knowledge. All the allegations are false,’ he said.
Police arrested Sharma and Singh, along with three other adult men and a teenage boy, on charges of raping the 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a moving bus and fiercely beating her and her male friend on December 16.
The woman died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks after the assault, which enraged the Indian population, who protested in their thousands for days to demand better law enforcement to fight gender crimes.
The city court where Sharma has stood trial since early this year asked jail authorities and doctors on Wednesday to file reports on his health today.
Sharma was falsely implicated in the case, his lawyer said at the start of the trial.
Culled from nydailynews.com