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Priyadarshini Mattoo Awaits Justice...

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Published on May 29, 2006

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.

The case is one of several in India that highlight the ineffectivenes of the criminal law system, especially when it comes to high profile perpetrators.

Delivering the judgement, the Additional Sessions Judge. J.P. Thareja said of Santosh, that though he knew that "he is the man who committed the crime," he was forced to acquit him, giving him the benefit of doubt.
Following a public outcry, the CBI then appealed the district court's verdict in Delhi High Court in April 2000. But there have been no presentation of evidence or hearings in the Delhi High Court well into early 2006.

QUESTION FOR THE LAWMAKERS AND ITS CUSTODIAN:
WILL SHE EVER GET JUSTICE ?

Please sign the petition for the Retrial in the Priyadarshini Mattoo Case at the following link :

www.petitiononline.com/mattoo/petition.html

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