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Delhi rape: 'She never complained of police laxity'

January 10, 2013 15:30 IST

Contrary to the claims made by the girl's friend, the family of the 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim on Thursday said that the girl had "never complained of any laxity" on the part of the Delhi police.

"During the treatment, she never complained of any laxity on the part of police in rushing her to the hospital. In fact, after the incident, the Delhi police had extended its cooperation," said the brother and father of the victim.

The male friend of the Delhi gang rape victim had, on January 4, severely criticised the Delhi police for its tardy response and bemoaned the public apathy.

The home ministry had ordered a probe into the allegation of the friend of the Delhi gang rape victim -- that police response to their distress call after the incident was slow.

A joint-secretary level officer of the ministry will investigate the veracity of the claim by the software engineer -- that even after reaching the spot in Delhi on the night of December 16, the police were arguing over jurisdiction of the case and were hesitant to lift the 23-year-old girl -- a senior home ministry official said on January 7.

Reacting to three of the accused -- Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh and Akshay Singh not accepting the charges and their counsel telling the court that they will face the trial -- they said that they have already accepted their crime and that "the trial would only prolong the punishment".

"There is enough evidence that would surely ensure them the death sentence. The trial would only prolong the punishment," the family said.

On a TV channel launching a drive for awarding the male friend of the girl for his bravery, they said that though he showed courage, it was not enough.

"Had he done something more like breaking the window pane of the bus and drawn the attention of the passers-by, the incident could have been averted," they said, adding that it was the deceased who had displayed immense courage and bravery and battled with the accused.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had called the family a day ago and talked about financial assistance for them, they said.

Uttar Pradesh Revenue Minister Ambika Chaudhary has told the family that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav may attend the ritual of terahi on January 12.

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