My son may have been guilty, admits mother of dead New Delhi ‘rapist’

DEAN NELSON
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Mock hangmen’s nooses hang during a protest demanding the death penalty for five men and one minor accused of the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi, India in December 20112 in this file photo taken in New Delhi Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Altaf Qadri/AP)

The mother of the alleged ringleader of the notorious Delhi gang-rape has admitted he may have been guilty, saying that he told her he had tried to hide evidence of
the attack.

Ram Singh, who was found hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail where he and his brother Mukesh were in custody, was on the bus where a 23-year-old student was gang-raped and mutilated. She later died.

Singh’s mother Kalyani Devi and her husband Mangelal Singh believe he was murdered after weeks of being raped and tortured by police and prison guards.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Devi said her late son had confessed to being on the bus at the time of the gang-rape and to destroying the evidence the following day.

She spoke of her anguish at the thought of him being guilty of one of the most notorious crimes in India’s recent history.

“As a mother I can’t believe it, but it could be true,” she said. “It’s the worst thing a mother could ever imagine of her children. We always want them to prosper and grow in a positive way.

“It’s shocking for us that they got involved in this. I do not know what they did, but we are in a terrible state because of the allegations.”

Five adults and a 17-year-old juvenile were charged with the gang rape and murder, which prompted protests throughout India and demands that the police and government take action to halt a significant increase in sexual assaults on women.

Of the accused men, Devi’s two sons became the focus of attention.

She first learnt of the gang rape when police arrived at the family’s remote ancestral village in Rajasthan and arrested Mukesh, who denied they were involved in the assault.

He had driven the bus and was screened off from the passenger section where it happened. His brother, the usual driver, was drunk and barely conscious, he told them. “He [Mukesh] got a call to say Ram Singh had been in a fight but when he got there they were all drunk and they offered Mukesh a drink. Then this incident had happened. Mukesh was told to drive the bus. [He said that] Ram Singh was drunk and out of his senses,” Devi said.

When she visited Ram in jail, he confessed that he had been on the bus and had tried to wash away the evidence.

“He was on the bus, no doubt about that, but he was not in a condition to do anything. He was out of his senses. He was aware of what had happened, and what we fear, he tried to wash the bus,” she said.

The incident has destroyed their lives, Devo added. She and her husband believe that Ram was murdered in jail and that his young son was expelled from school to protect its image.

They claim that the family has been vilified and that their one room hut in a slum colony was the target of a bomb attack.

Ram had been a child-labourer, working in the fields from the age of seven, she said. He had continued working as a bus driver, despite having the full use of only one arm. He occasionally got drunk and had fights, she said.

When asked what she would say to the mother of the gang-rape victim, Mrs Devi wrapped her face in her shawl and wailed.

“It’s like we have similar emotions for our children — nothing different. I can understand what has happened to her family.

“We can’t undo it. I don’t know whether my sons were involved or not. Only God knows exactly what happened… it’s a terrible loss,” she said. “I wish they had killed me.”

The family was speaking a few days after the Indian parliament passed an anti-rape law to impose tougher sentences, including the death penalty, for gang-rapes and sexual assaults where the victim dies or is left in a permanent vegetative state.

Tags: , , , , , ,





Featured

Rashida Samji

B.C. Securities Commission finds Vancouver woman who ran a Ponzi scheme committed $100 million fraud

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI VANCOUVER – A B.C. Securities Commission panel has found that a Vancouver woman and two companies she controlled committed a $100-million fraud….
Continue Reading »

crime-sexually touching minor

West Vancouver police looking for woman who yelled at man accused of inappropriately touching minor girl on bus

THE CANADIAN PRESS Police in West Vancouver are investigating a disturbing incident involving a man accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl on a bus….
Continue Reading »

Canada-Edmonton-stolen

Canada balks at returning Indian statue of a woman believed stolen from Khajuraho temple

DOUGLAS QUAN POSTMEDIA NEWS  India is trying to repatriate a “voluptuous” 12th-century statue of a woman with a parrot on her bare shoulder that somehow…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

BC Sikhs

Frustrated Port of Metro Vancouver truckers want government to push companies to comply with action plan

THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — Drivers servicing the country’s largest port urged government on Monday to take swift action against trucking companies, which they say…
Continue Reading »

Rashida Samji

B.C. Securities Commission finds Vancouver woman who ran a Ponzi scheme committed $100 million fraud

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI VANCOUVER – A B.C. Securities Commission panel has found that a Vancouver woman and two companies she controlled committed a $100-million fraud….
Continue Reading »

crime-sexually touching minor

West Vancouver police looking for woman who yelled at man accused of inappropriately touching minor girl on bus

THE CANADIAN PRESS Police in West Vancouver are investigating a disturbing incident involving a man accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl on a bus….
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

BC Sikhs

Frustrated Port of Metro Vancouver truckers want government to push companies to comply with action plan

THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — Drivers servicing the country’s largest port urged government on Monday to take swift action against trucking companies, which they say…
Continue Reading »

A hangman's gallows sits idle at the Benghazi Central Prison on March 1, 2011 on the outskirts of Benghazi, Libya. Inmates broke free of the prison during the uprising a week ago in the city. John Moore/Getty Images

Indian state offers fat pay raise in attempt to attract applicants to jail hangman job

RAMESH BABU HINDUSTAN TIMES The Indian state of Kerala is offering a pay raise worth thousands of dollars in an attempt to attract more men…
Continue Reading »

An Indian woman herds her cattle past an almost dried-up water body on the outskirts of Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Delayed monsoon rains have raised fears of possible drought in some regions with the meteorological department reporting an acute deficit in rainfall in many areas, according to news reports. AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

Armed bandits demand north Indian villagers deliver 35 buckets of water a day during drought

BISWAJEET BANERJEE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LUCKNOW, India — Armed bandits in drought-stricken northern India are threatening to kill hundreds of villagers unless they deliver 35…
Continue Reading »

Narinder Kaur Kalsi, who has been on life support, since a domestic dispute at her Surrey home last week has died. Kalsi was pronounced dead just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, said police. Her husband Beldev Singh Kalsi was arrested and charged in connection to her death. — Facebook Photo.

Surrey temple president charged with murder as wife dies in hospital after alleged domestic assault

CHERYL CHAN  VANCOUVER DESI The charge against a former Surrey temple president has again been upgraded after his wife, who suffered severe injuries in an…
Continue Reading »

Sikh American designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia is featured in a Sikh American PSA. Screengrab/YouTube.

U.S. organization launches first-ever Sikh American PSA featuring Waris Ahluwalia to combat racism (with video)

VANCOUVER DESI An American Sikh organization has created the first-ever Sikh American public service announcement in an effort to combat an ongoing “anti-turban bias” across…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Mary Kom’ to have world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

IANS Toronto – Priyanka Chopra-starrer “Mary Kom”, based on boxer M.C Mary Kom, will have its world premiere here at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF),…
Continue Reading »

Nargis Fakhri

Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri bruised, battered after shooting for “Devil” item number

SUBHASH K JHA IANS Mumbai – “Rockstar” fame actress Nargis Fakhri may be in bed resting it out after sustaining injuries while shooting her “devil”…
Continue Reading »

Indian Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan speaks during an appearance on a television show in Mumbai  June 5, 2014. STRSTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

Shah Rukh Khan’s one-year-old baby AbRam likes Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball

IANS Mumbai – Usually parents are cautious about their teenage children, but superstar Shah Rukh Khan is wary of his one-year-old son AbRam, who was…
Continue Reading »