Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rape suspects killed in Hyderabad

Rape suspects killed in Hyderabad

Police were forced to call in reinforcements to prevent an enraged mob from lynching the suspects on the spot, ultimately dispersing the crowd when demonstrators began hurling projectiles at officers.The accused were identified as Mohammad Areef - the prime suspect - Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen, and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu.

Over the past week, social media users had demanded that the four suspects, lorry workers aged 20 to 24, be stoned to death, hanged publicly or even killed in fake encounters. The Cyberabad Police Commissioner said the accused snatched their weapons and fired on police and hence, in self-defence, the police fired back, in which the accused were killed.

"The whole celebration is based on the fact that police killed four accused who raped and murdered a 27-year old vet in Hyderabad - what if they were innocent people and not rape accused", wrote a user.

Rights groups were outraged that the suspects never got a chance to face trial and accused the police of acting like a lynch mob.

On Saturday morning, police were still at the scene outside Hyderabad in southern India as motorists stopped their cars on the busy highway to look and take photos with their phones. On Wednesday, a woman from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh was doused with kerosene and set on fire by two men who had just been released on bail for allegedly raping her.

However, political leaders and other prominent people have been speaking in different voices over the police action, with some saying that it will send a stern message to culprits, while others questioned the police claim and condemned the "extra-judicial killings".

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More than 33,000 rapes were reported in India in 2017, according to the latest government figures, but vast numbers go unreported, experts say, with just 32 percent of cases ending in convictions.

The victim, who suffered 90-percent burns, had told police that she was attacked by two men who had raped her and three others on her way to a court hearing. "I thank the police and media for their support", the sister told local television station. Speedy justice is what we want, isn't it?

"To appease public rage over state failures against sexual assault, Indian authorities commit another violation", tweeted Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director for Human Rights Watch.

The men had been accused of raping and murdering a young veterinarian in Hyderabad.

"This is murder in cold blood".

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