Comment (Reena Mary George): How can the State already decide how they want the trial to go? Does it not depend on rule of law? Does it not depend on how the prosecution files their case? Does it not depend how well the defense lawyers argue their case? My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the ones who have committed this crime must be punished; but only according to the rule of law. There is no scope for "Eye for an eye" in the Indian Judiciary though it seems to work that way these days.
Sunday, 06 November 2011 00:55 IST PNS | Mumbai
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday said his Government would root for death penalty to the killers of Keenan Santos (25) and Reuben Fernandes (27), who died while resisting eve-teasing of their girlfriends.
Earlier, veteran BJP leader LK Advani spoke to Keenan's father Valerian Santos over phone, expressed his shock over the incident and conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members.
Advani, who was in the city as part of the ongoing Jan Chetna Yatra, took time out to telephone Santos. He assured Santos that he would take up the matter with the Maharashtra CM and seek stringent punishment to the accused in the incident.
Meanwhile, the four accused in the murder case - Jitendra Rane (25), Satish Dulhaj (35), Sunil Bodh (20) and Deepak Tival (18) — have been remanded to judicial custody by a city court till November 18.
Chavan said, "The incident is absolutely reprehensible. We have taken very strict action. All the four persons involved in the incident have been arrested. We have requested for fast track trial of the four accused. We will demand death penalty for the accused in the heinous crime." He conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families.
Keenan and Reuben were badly assaulted by a group of eve-teasers when they had gone to enjoy the India-England ODI at a restaurant in Andheri on October 20.
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