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Shocked family of Delhi rape accused locks themselves in house

Accused’s mother shell-shocked, does not want to be addressed as mother of accused son

  • By Lata Rani, Correspondent
  • Published: 15:54 December 31, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AP
  • Indian schoolchildren hold candles and placards during a prayer ceremony in Ahmadabad, India, Monday.

Patna: As the entire nation boils with anger over the death of a braveheart medical student gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi, the family members of one of the key accused in the case Akshay Thakur, also known as Akshay Singh, have locked themselves in their house and lost mental calm out of shame.

Thakur’s family is settled at Karmalahang village under Tandawa police station in south Bihar’s Aurangabad district, notorious for frequent human rights violations and Maoist violence. Thakur who is married has a two-year-old son with a grown-up family engaged in farming activities for survival.

It was at this village that Thakur, now lodged in high-security Tihar jail, had grown up among the local villagers and passed secondary examinations from a local government school before shifting to Chhattisgarh in the lookout for livelihood. Finally, he had shifted to Delhi about a year ago.

Curiously, the local police say neither the family nor the accused has any criminal background. “The accused has no criminal background,” the local district superintendent of police Daljit Singh has told the media.

The family members are shocked that it will be tough for them to face the society. They already have nearly stopped interacting with co-villagers who have joined the groups of protesters seeking death to the rape accused.

“What’s now left to them when the entire society has turned against them? They will have to carry the burden of shame the whole life,” one of the cops Raju Kumar Paswan quoted Thakur’s father Saryu Singh as saying.

Paswan is one of the few security guards who have been deployed outside the house of Thakur’s house for the safety of his family apprehending possible backlash after the death of the rape accused. The co-villagers have demanded death sentence to the accused persons stating that their act has brought disrepute to their village.

“The kind of crime Akshaya has committed, our head hangs in shame now. We have no strength left in us to face the co-villagers,” accused father has been quoted as saying. “He does not deserve mercy”.

Even angrier is Leelavati Devi, mother of the accused, who doesn’t want to be addressed as mother anymore by her accused son. “He (Akshay) will have to face the consequence for the heinous crime he has committed but my daughter-in-law and grandson have to pay dearly for no faults of theirs,” Devi has been quoted as saying in the local media adding, “They will be ashamed to even use the name of Akshay… they will even find it difficult to face the society” “What face will we now show to the society?” she asks.

Local villagers say loud cries are usually heard from the house which remains shut most of the time. They say the family have even lost their mental cool in the aftermath of the incident and have been seen not reacting even though the cattle grazed their farmland in front of them.

Meanwhile, various organisations in Bihar have decided not to engage in new year celebrations as a mark of respect to the departed soul who died fighting valiantly to the rape accused.

“We have cancelled new year celebrations in view of the shocking incident,” Lion’s Club, Patna, president Manju Singh said. The All India Progressive Women’s Association, Bihar Mahila Samaj (Bihar Women Society), Bihar Women Industry Association and Nari Gunjan too have vowed not to engage them in merrymaking this year.

The Bhartiya Janata Party which is a coalition partner in the ruling NDA government in Bihar headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar too has advised the people to stay away form new year revelry while the chief minister has already cancelled his trip to a cultural festival at Rajgir in his home district of Nalanda.

Comments (4)

  1. Added 13:28 January 1, 2013

    Extremely good work! This article should be highlighted so that many people will have to rethink before they harm others. The poor girl should receive justice undoubtedly! The family has no other choice than teaching their young grandchild to respect a woman unlike his father. The son should be raised learning a BIG LESSON not to harass a woman. All the sons should be taught to respect a woman and understand her value in the society. Congratulations Gulf News!! Please highlight this article so as to educate the world. Thank you!

    Ajeena Alex, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:20 January 1, 2013

    SAD FOR THE FAMILY - GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY AS EVEN HIS PARENTS ARE INNOCENT AS THAT GIRL WHO WAS RAPED BY THEIR SON. DEAR VILLAGERS, IF YOU ARE READING THIS JUST DO NOT AVOID THEM AS THESE POOR PEOPLE HAVE DONE NOTHING. IN FACT YOU SHOULD GO AND TALK TO THEM AND BE WITH THEM, AS PERSON AVOIDED BY GOD CAN STILL LEAVE, BUT A PERSON AVOIDED AND ISOLATED BY SOCIETY HAS TO DIE DAILY.

    JAI H LAKWANI, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:11 January 1, 2013

    Good work Gulf News. These kinds of articles should be highlighted by the media. Let this article be an eye-opener to all those who have their mind controlled by evil.

    SF, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:18 January 1, 2013

    It is equally sad to know the poor plight of the family members of one of the accused in the Delhi gang rape, especially his mother, young wife and little son. Do they deserve such a great punishment, though they are innocent, for the heinous crime committed by a member of the family? Do they deserve mercy and support from society at this juncture? His family is shattered, totally isolated from the rest of society. They have to bear the mark of the blood stain of the poor girl gang raped and killed by the accused. This is the greatest punishment to the family members and dear ones of all criminals. Every criminal has his or her own dear ones who have to pay the price of the crimes, in most cases, more than that of the criminal. If this truth is revealed and well notified, that may prevent at least 50 per cent of crimes. Some body has to pay the price for every crime, not only the victim, but also the criminal, caught and punished or not. This is the basic Law of the Nature or Justice. Such kind of lessons must be included in schools\ and universities’ curriculums. Media must also give due coverage to the aftermath impact of crimes, instead of sensationalising crimes. I congratulate Gulf News on publishing such a news item, which has great educational value to both parents and children.

    Dr.Raju M. Mathew, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

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