India admits lapse into suicide of Delhi rape accused

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde addressing a press conference on Monday in New Delhi.
New Delhi: Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday admitted that the alleged suicide committed by the prime accused of Delhi gang-rape case, inside a New Delhi jail, was a major security lapse.

Addressing a press conference, hours after accused Ram Singh found dead in Tihar Jail, Shinde assured of taking corrective steps.

“We will take corrective steps once detailed report of magisterial enquiry comes. I agree, it is a major security lapse,” he said.

As per media reports, Ram Singh hanged himself on Monday morning at around 5 am in Tihar Jail, which is believed to be one of most secure and modern prisons in India.

Singh, who along with his five accomplices, raped and assaulted the 23- year -old paramedical student, had to appear before Saket court for the trial of same case on Monday.

The incident has raised questions over present security arrangements in Indian prisons.

Official records suggests that  about 18 suicide cases have been indexed since 2012 alone in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, touted as one of the biggest prisons in Asia.
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