Delhi braveheart friend to be cross-examined

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 10:14 hrs

The trial of the five men charged with gangraping and brutalising a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in the national capital on Dec 16 will continue on Wednesday, with the software engineer man who was accompanying the victim to be cross-examined by the defence lawyers.

The prosecution on Tuesday had called four witnesses including the software engineer man, who was with the victim and had tried to save her.

The software engineer was accompanying the medical student on the bus during the attack on Dec 16 last year.

Before brutalising and raping the girl, he was also hit badly with an iron rod and he is still unable to walk properly.

The engineer on Tuesday arrived in court on a wheelchair, escorted by his father.

The Delhi Police, meanwhile, filed a supplementary chargesheet in the case.

It included the victim´s autopsy report from the Singapore hospital where she died on Dec 29.

Before her death, the victim had recorded her statement. That would be crucial evidence in the case.

The Delhi gangrape victim´s father on Tuesday said he wanted death penalty for all the six accused in the case.

"I only want that all six people should be hanged," the victim´s father told media.

On Saturday, the five pleaded not guilty to the charges read out to them. They could face death penalty, if convicted.

A fast-track court in Delhi framed charges against the five accused in the Delhi gang-rape case on the same day.

The sixth accused, a juvenile, is being tried by juvenile justice board. He faces a maximum punishment of three years in a reform facility.

The police has said he was the most brutal among the assaulters.

The girl´s death sparked national outrage and protests on the lack of security for women in India.

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