Delhi gang-rape accused demands 'proper food'

By AFP
Published: April 2, 2013

Indian students and activists carry placards in protest over the gang rape in India earlier last month. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

NEW DEHLI: A defendant in the New Delhi gang-rape and murder trial has demanded “proper food and newspapers” from jail officials as he prepares for a job recruitment test, the Press Trust of India reported Monday.

Vinay Sharma, who along with five others allegedly gang-raped a 23-year-old student in a moving bus in December, filed the plea in a fast-track court where he is being tried, the news agency said.

Sharma sought “proper food and newspapers” inside jail as he wanted to take a written examination for a clerical position with the Indian Air Force, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

Sharma, a 20-year-old gym assistant, said he should be given milk and fruits in jail.

He has denied raping the physiotherapy student and pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.

Judge Yogesh Khanna ordered the jail authorities to submit their response to Sharma’s request.

Late last month Sharma asked the court to provide him with a tutor and reading materials to help him prepare for the Indian Air Force clerical recruitment test, local media reported.

“My client has got a call letter to appear for an interview with the Indian Air Force,” his lawyer told the court on March 26, according to the Indo-Asian News Service.

Five men and a 17-year-old teenager were arrested soon after the death of the rape victim, who succumbed to horrific internal injuries after nearly two weeks in hospital.

Last month, the main accused in the case, Ram Singh, was found hanged in his prison cell. His family alleged he was murdered.

The case has led to months of soul-searching over widespread sexual crime in India, resulted in tougher laws to punish rapists and focused global attention on violence against women in the country.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Romeo
    Apr 2, 2013 - 1:43PM

    Give them poison.

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  • GhostRider
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:05PM

    Pottasium cyanide would be a perfect diet for him

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  • minor
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:13PM

    looks like he knows how kasab was treated………..

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  • Kaka
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:18PM

    I think this crook has begun thinking himself to be a freedom fighter or some future Politician of India…
    He can be provided all that he asks for (including Biryani, Pizzas, Milk, 5 Star facilities, Tutors etc.), but some of his relatives or his lawyer should be willing to bear the expenses, in advance.

    This junk person is being fed with such ideas by somebody…may be his lawyer. Such lawyers are also equally responsible for such malaise in Society. Shame on such lawyers.

    Besides why dont the Jail authorities show the lawyer and the criminal the Jail Manual and the diet they will be given as per rules.

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  • sundaram
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:25PM

    These rapist who behaved mercilessly in harming the victim and did everything to kill their victim while raping her should be given hard labour during trial and should not be shown any leniency by the judiciary and awarded maximum punishment.

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  • bilal
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:29PM

    now he has demands.

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  • MMKR
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:33PM

    The guys seem to be inspired by late Kasa. let them not forget that after his petition for delicious and sunptuptuous food was granted and special food served to him for months, the criminal died like an over-fed ram, paying for his “heroism” of causing a carnage.

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  • Mustunsar Hussain
    Apr 2, 2013 - 4:06PM

    He has probably lost his mind ..due to Police Torture ..so I asking for food and books …feel sorry for poor people in the Indo -Pak …Subcontinent..

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