In­dia’s top court to probe po­lice killings

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - In­dia’s top court on Thurs­day or­dered an in­quiry into the po­lice shoot­ings of four rape-mur­der sus­pects, as spec­u­la­tion grew that four other men con­victed of the in­fa­mous 2012 Delhi bus gan­grape would be ex­e­cuted soon.

The men were killed in what po­lice claimed was a ‘shootout’ last week, rais­ing fresh con­cerns about the al­leged use of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings by In­dian au­thor­i­ties.

The ac­cused had been re-en­act­ing their al­leged rape and mur­der of a 27 year old vet­eri­nar­ian in the south­ern city of Hy­der­abad in late Novem­ber.

A for­mer Supreme Court judge was ap­pointed to head the in­quiry, along­side a re­tired High Court judge and a for­mer head of the Cen­tral Bureau of Investigat­ion (CBI). The probe was tasked by the court to com­plete its investigat­ion in six months.

The rape and mur­der of the young woman sparked wide­spread demon­stra­tions and calls for swift and tough jus­tice, with peo­ple tak­ing to the streets.

The huge pub­lic out­cry re­called the rape and mur­der of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012, where nationwide protests also broke out against the high lev­els of sexual vi­o­lence and In­dia’s bro­ken crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

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