Shanti Mukund hospital rape case: Convict wants to marry victim

Shanti Mukund hospital rape case: Convict wants to marry victim
New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) In a dramatic development, minutes before a city court was to pronounce the quantum of punishment to be given to him, the convict in the sensational Shanti Mukund Hospital rape case today moved an application before it expressing desire to marry the victim.

Perusing the application of Bhura, the ward boy who in the year 2003 brutally raped a 22-year-old nurse and seriously injured her eyes at the hospital, Additional Sessions Judge J M Malik asked the victim and her parents to appear before it tomorrow to file their reply.

The court also reserved for tomorrow its pronouncement of the quantum of sentence to be handed down to Bhura.

In his application, Bhura pleaded the court to take a lenient view as he is now a reformed man and said since no one would be ready to marry the young victim due to the stigma, he would like to tie the knot with her.

The nurse was on duty at the hospital at Karkari Mode in east Delhi looking after a comatose patient in the intervening night of December 7 and 8, 2003.

She suddenly woke up in the middle of the night to find the convict attempting to force himself on her. When she tried to shrug him off, Bhura plunged in his fingers into her eyes gouging out her right eye and wounding the left.

He then dragged her to an adjacent bathroom, raped her and locked her in.

The court had framed charges against the accused on January 19, 2005. The prosecution examined 21 witnesses to prove its case.


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