Police seek 10-day custody of accused in Hyderabad vet’s rape and murder

By Coreena Suares  Published on  2 Dec 2019 2:06 PM GMT
Police seek 10-day custody of accused in Hyderabad vet’s rape and murder

Hyderabad: Shadnagar police have filed a petition in a city court seeking 10-day police custody of the four accused in connection with the gang rape and murder of the veterinary doctor.

The police noted that they need to extract more information from the four accused, as a series of protests at the Shadnagar station blocked them from probing further. “We need to investigate comprehensively, so police custody is required,” the petition said.

The petition comes two days after the four were remanded for 14-day judicial custody. They are currently lodged at the Cherlapally Central jail.

Meanwhile, fresh protest erupted on Monday, as scores of students gathered at Indira Park at Tank Bund demanding justice for the veterinarian. On the other end, advocates at the High Court staged a protest, and the bar council has unanimously decided not to extend any legal help to the four accused. Women’s rights organisations sat at Jantar Mantar, seeking capital punishment for the accused.

While the outrage continues to pour out, the grieving family of the veterinary doctor performed the final rites on Monday, December 2.

Forensic examination

The clues teams assisting Cyberabad police in investigating the gang rape of Disha (name changed) has reportedly collected sample from the crime scene for forensic analysis. The team collected vaginal swabs, footwear, wallet, credit card, and the bedsheets in which she was wrapped, besides clothes of the accused.

While one might question how a vaginal swab is possible from a charred body, a clues team officer says that they were able to collect the vaginal swab since the body didn’t turn into ash.

National Commission for Women demand death sentence

Rekha Sharma, Chairperson of NCW, in a letter, requested President Ram Nath Kovind to reject any mercy petition, as they don’t deserve it. She mentioned that it should be so “considering the rising incidents of inhuman tragedies against young girls and women”. Rekha especially noted the context of the brutal murder and gang rape of the 26-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad.

She said, “We request the President to direct the Union government to set definite mechanism and timeline for trial and disposal of all appeals, review petition, and curative petitions in such heinous and brutal rape cases. Preferably within six months, so that speedy justice can be ensured.”

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