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Delhi gang-rape case: Amanat's family seeks appointment with Sonia Gandhi

Delhi gang-rape case: Amanat's family seeks appointment with Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi The family of a 23-year-old medical student, who was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi on December 16 and died two weeks later, has sought an appointment with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Amanat's (NOT her real name) father told the Press Trust of India on phone that he has sought an appointment with Mrs Gandhi. Her office has asked them to wait for some time as she is busy with prior commitments, he said.

Amanat's family is unhappy over the Juvenile Justice Board's decision that the sixth accused in the case is a minor. However, Amanat's father says he has full faith that despite him being ruled as a juvenile, he would also get sternest of punishments.

Amanat's father said he was seeking advice of legal experts on the decision of the Juvenile Justice Board but was yet to decide whether to go to court to challenge the verdict.

The Juvenile Justice Board had said the sixth accused, described as the most brutal by the Delhi Police in its charge sheet, was a "minor" and this could enable him to walk free by June 4 this year when he attains the age of 18 years.

Amanat's brother said just as the central and Delhi governments initiated steps on rape cases following mass protests and agitations, there should also be efforts for awarding capital punishment for minor offenders in rape cases.
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