The exact cause and circumstances of Singh’s death are a matter of investigation, but it was certain that he would have been given death penalty in view of the available evidence and witnesses. Since he has been found dead during the investigation, many people believe that he has been murdered. This makes us say that he has been denied the opportunity to get justice.
And our system cannot let a person be punished without a fair trial. In such cases, the criminals try to be in a suicidal situation. The suicides in Tihar Jail are a common thing as during the last few years 18 suicides have been reported from the jail, and Singh has earlier also tried to commit suicide in the jail premises by hanging himself but he was saved by Pawan, one of his associates in the gang-rape which he disclosed during his parole time of two hours on the death of his 15-year-old sister due to serious illness.
Committing suicide is a cowardly act but Singh must have been given the punishment under the Indian Penal Code for the brutal crime committed by him which shocked the whole of the world.
The suicide of Singh despite the fact that all the accused in Delhi gang-rape, including him, were on suicide watch is a major security lapse. There were no arrangements for any treatment or counseling and there was no CCTV camera even. Even the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has admitted that Singh’s alleged suicide was a "major lapse".
But proper security arrangements could only be made possible if there are a less number of prisoners, which can be achieved if we have better judicial system. In the Indian jails, the number of prisoners is two or three times more than the actual capacity.
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