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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

And they lived happily ever after?

PTI reports:
In a dramatic development, minutes before a city court was to pronounce the quantum of punishment to be given to him, the convict in the sensational Shanti Mukund Hospital rape case on Tuesday moved an application before it expressing desire to marry the victim.

Perusing the application of Bhura, the ward boy who in the year 2003 brutally raped a 22-year-old nurse and seriously injured her eyes at the hospital, Additional Sessions Judge J M Malik asked the victim and her parents to appear before it tomorrow to file their reply.

"Dramatic development"? The victim and her parents have to file a reply? I'd written in an earlier post ("Broken Piano") about "Hindi films where a rapist's way of doing recompense to a rape victim is to marry her", and I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that such an offer could possibly be taken seriously in real life. What exactly was the crime this rapist committed? The article offers some details:
The nurse was on duty at the hospital at Karkari Mode in east Delhi looking after a comatose patient in the intervening night of December 7 and 8, 2003.

She suddenly woke up in the middle of the night to find the convict attempting to force himself on her. When she tried to shrug him off, Bhura plunged in his fingers into her eyes gouging out her right eye and wounding the left.

He then dragged her to an adjacent bathroom, raped her and locked her in.

And this will lead to marital bliss?

Update (May 4): The Indian Express (IE) spoke to the victim, and her reaction is:
This is so bad that I cannot begin to describe it. I have waited so long for him to be sentenced. Instead, they want me to say whether I am willing to marry him. I will definitely appear in court with my parents, and I will tell the judge to hang him, so that what has happened to me might not happen to anyone else.

I also agree with Madhu Kishwar's reaction in the article that "[t]he court should have instead given the accused five more years for suggesting such a thing." In fact, I hope some action is taken against the judge who, IE reports, "told both the prosecutor and the defence counsel that if the victim agrees to the marriage, Bhura’s sentence might be reduced."

Update 2 (May 4): He's got life.
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