know he is the man who committed the crime, I acquit him, giving him the
benefit of the doubt." Thus spoke the Additional Sessions Judge G.P.
Thareja while acquitting Santosh Kumar Singh, the accused in the rape
and murder trial of Ms. Priyadarshini Mattoo.
was a 23 year old law student when she was found raped and murdered at
her house in New Delhi on January 23, 1996. The evidence pointed to
Santosh Kumar Singh, the son of a highly placed Police Officer, but in
December 1999, the judge acquitted him, pointing to serious inadequacies
in the investigation.
And not only that! The
accused, Santosh Kumar Singh, is now a practicing lawyer in Delhi's Tees
That is Indian Criminal
System for you!
But does that mean we
all should continue to stay as mute spectators on the sidelines and let
the blind justice wreak havoc? No. Absolutely Not.
We must fight this
battle and fight it together. So please stand up for what is RIGHT and
make sure that the criminals like Santosh Kumar Singh are not allowed to
roam freely and they pay for their crimes.
A group of committed,
dedicated patriots are fighting to reopen the rape and murder case
against the accused Santosh Kumar Singh so that the final justice could
be delivered. To highlight the travesty of justice and demand the
reopening of the case, a protest rally is being organized.
GATE, New Delhi.
Time: 4:30 p.m. IST
Date: 23rd July, 2006
Please join this
protest rally to demonstrate your support.
please come back here as well as visit the
Justice for Priyadarshini BLOG
Details about the case, please visit following links:
CNN-IBN video on Priyadarshini movement
NDTV airs special on Priyadarshini movement
Overview of the case, Indian Express, Jan 29
Proceedings of Indian Parliament, December 9,
1999] : Priyaranjan Dasmunsi raises the Priyadarshini Mattoo matter
during Zero Hour
Proceedings of Indian Parliament, December 14,
1999] : Statement of Smt. Vasundhara Raje in Rajya Sabha
CBI considering course of action after judgment,
The Tribune (Chandigarh) Dec 8 1999
Kashmir Sentinel reporting on the judgment and
protests by Kashmiri women, Dec 1999
Frontline, Volume 16 - Issue 27, Dec. 25, 1999 -
Jan 07, 2000
Dilip D'Souza, Feb. 24, 2006
Mid-Day, Feb. 27, 2006
NDTV, March 5, 2006
Rediff, Nov. 2003
The Week, March 12, 2006
Hindustan Times, Dec. 26, 2006
The Tribune, Dec. 11, 1999
Indian Express, Jan. 29, 2006
Daily Excelsior, Dec. 15, 1999
"I weep every day waiting for the wheels of
justice to move," Mr. Chaman Lal Mattoo
Indian Express Series