Hyderabad: Breaking his silence over the rape and murder of a woman veterinarian, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday announced setting up of a fast track court for expeditious trial and assured all help to her family as protests against the heinous crime continued.
Facing flak over his ‘silence’ all these days, Rao, in his first public statement since the incident that has sparked outrage in the country, described the rape and murder of the 25-year old woman by four men as ‘ghastly’ and expressed his deep anguish.
Outpouring of outrage continued on Sunday as religious leaders condemned the heinous rape and murder while RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said there can’t be any compromise with the dignity of women and children should be taught to always respect them.
The residents of the colony where the woman stayed turned away political leaders and others who wanted to call on her family to express their sympathies, but later in the day Union minister Sanjeev Balyan and Congress Lok Sabha member A Revanth Reddy met the grieving members.
In other related developments, three police personnel have been suspended for alleged delay in registering an FIR on a missing complaint by the family of the woman while police said they would seek custody of the four accused, remanded to judicial remand on Saturday, for further interrogation. Cyberabad police appealed to the media not to telecast continuously programmes on the gruesome murder of the woman and avoid use of her name as it suggested the hashtag “#Justice for Disha” in the social media.
The woman, who worked in a state-run hospital, was raped and killed by the four accused, all lorry workers, on the city outskirts. Her charred body was found under a culvert in Shadnagar near here on Thursday and the accused arrested a day later.
Rao has instructed the officials that the accused in ghastly murder should be tried on fast track and the culprits should be given stringent punishment. The CM also decided to set up a fast track court to deal with the case,” a release from his office said here.
The release pointed to the verdict in the rape and murder of a minor girl in Warrangal given within 56 days of the crime due to the setting up of a fast track court for the case and said Rao felt the judgment should come quickly in the veterinarian case as well.
The Chief Minister said the government would extend all necessary help to the family of the woman veterinarian, whose killing has triggered an outrage.