Hyderabad rape accused's mother: Do to him what he did to the girl

Hyderabad rape accused's mother: Do to him what he did to the girl

The mother of Mohammad Areef, one of four lorry workers accused of raping and killing a young woman vet near Hyderabad last week, thinks he should be put through the same ordeal suffered by his victim.

It was, to put it plainly, an crime of staggering cruelty: the men spotted her as she parked her two-wheeler at a toll plaza; they dragged her out of public view, forced her to drink alcohol and raped her, then they smothered her, burned her body with petrol and dumped it under a culvert.

When Parliament reconvened after the weekend, government and opposition were united in condemning the four accused: Areef, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu. Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan said such people should be lynched in public.

Areef's mother says she wants her son stoned to death, hanged, or suffer a fate similar to the victim's, and she isn't alone among the accused's family members in having such strong feelings.

Chennakeshavulu's mother says her son should be strictly punished.

"A mother can only understand the pain of losing a child," she said. "He is my son but I will not defend him."

"We welcome strong punishment," said Chennakeshavulu's brother.

"This is not the nature of our home and village. We condemn it."