Delhi rape case not unique, says CJI

Delhi rape case not unique, says CJI

Chief Justice of India Justice Altamas Kabir on Saturday said that the Delhi gang-rape incident on December 13 was not “unique,” but one among many.

“What happened on December 16 in Delhi was sad and bad and something extraordinary, but at the same time not unique. This was made into a kind of an iconic situation,” Kabir said at an event organised by the Calcutta High Court here to mark International Women’s Day. “The girl named Nirbhaya or Damini who died after the brutal attack on her was not an isolated incident,” he said.

“The next day, the newspaper headlines screamed in outrage against the incident. But on the same day, the news of gang-rape of a 10-year-old Dalit who was burnt subsequently was tucked away in the inside pages devoting only five to ten lines,” he said. “The family of the Delhi gang-rape victim was given huge compensation by government and various bodies. But what happened to the little Dalit girl? Did her family get anything?” he wondered.

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