Gang-rape accused to be produced in court today

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 07, 2013 06:01 hrs

New Delhi: Five of the six accused in the Dec 16 gang-rape of a 23-year-old will be produced in the Saket district court here Monday afternoon.

The sixth, who is 17 years and six months old according to his school certificates, will be produced before a juvenile justice board.

Two of the six accused had on Sunday expressed the wish to turn into state witnesses. Vinay Sharma, a gym instructor, and Pawan Gupta, a fruit-seller, had confessed to their crime when produced before the court on Dec 19.

The two said they wanted to be witnesses in the case and refused to take the service of a legal aid counsel.

The six are accused of raping and brutally beating a physiotherapy intern in a moving bus in Delhi on the night of Dec 16. The victim died in a Singapore hospital Dec 29.

The incident has caused widespread rage and protests all over the nation, with protests being staged in several major cities, mainly in Delhi.

A fast track court had earlier on Saturday taken cognizance of the chargesheet filed against the five accused by the Delhi Police. The court had asked the Delhi Police to produce all the five accused, Ram Singh, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur on January 7.

Delhi Police had earlier on Thursday filed its chargesheet in the Saket metropolitan magistrate court against five men arrested in the case, slapping on them murder, rape, kidnapping and other charges.

The five accused have been chargesheeted for the offences of murder, gang rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting in committing robbery, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and common intention under the Indian Penal Code.

The victim's father has demanded that the juvenile should be hanged like the other five accused.

The victim, a physiotherapy student, was brutally raped and assaulted in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012. She died of her injuries on December 29, 2012 in the multi-specialty Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

Her male friend, who was accompanying her that day, was also assaulted by the accused and both of them were thrown out of the bus.

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