Just read the article where two of the accused want to become witnesses to escape capital punishment. Umm there is enough evidence, the case doesn't need witnesses. In any case in such a brutal situation, all of them deserve to to be punished equally, especially the minor, no leniency based on witnesses. As for the minor, he behaved like a major, so why should his punishment not match that? How come law is suddenly being heeded to, when it has not been upheld for rapists? Such BS. Now everything has to be done legally for the cruel rapists. Imagine what type of an animal the minor will grow up into. And 17 is not 12 or 13, he is old enough. Women are married at the age of 15/16/17, so how come this minor is too young?
I applaud The friend who gave his testimony on Zee TV, it tells us how problematic our whole system is. Why did the Delhi police file a case against Zee TV? What about freedom of speech for journalists? They just spoke the truth. All along Delhi police has mismanaged this, exposing them is necessary.
I did find the friend's timeline questionable, but its understandable because in that situation every minute can feel like an hour, I just wish journalists would check their own facts instead of sensationalizing it. From reports, they boarded the bus at 9:30pm, and according to the father he got a call at 11:15pm about his daughter. The friend stated that the bus drove around for 2-2.5 hrs, it took another 45 mins for the cops to arrive, then another 1-2 hrs till they took them to the hospital, then at the hospital they had to wait for another hour till he could call relatives. Given this, it would have been at least 1am till they called her father, but he got a call at 11:15. Like I said, the timing feels like forever when you are in that situation, but these facts do matter when presenting in court where you tend to focus on facts.
In any case, so many more rapes have come to light and yet nothing is being done. Punishing just these 6 will not achieve justice, all the rapists who's cases have come to light need to be punished brutally. Also, there needs to be a system in place because law changes will incentivize rapists to kill their victims, so the whole system has to take this so very seriously that they will uncover any rapists who kill and run away.
As for these 6 men, I am surprised that they knew enough to take the victims' clothing to prevent evidence. Initially I thought they were ignorant and didn't know they were pulling out intestines, God knows what they thought, but clearly they knew enough to protect themselves. They have done this before, at least Ram Singh has or has been witness to other rapes to know this since he directed this.