Delhi bus rape: Police files charge-sheet

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 16:23 hrs

Even as the nation clamoured for justice and strengthening of anti-rape laws following the sensational Delhi gangrape and brutalization case, the city police on Thursday filed a charge-sheet in a city court against five men who had gang-raped and brutalized the victim along with a juvenile leading to her death eventually in a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.

The chargesheet was filed in a Saket court in the national capital.

The voluminous chargesheet is against five men while a sixth one is a minor as per reports so far and hence a separate course of action would be initiated against him as per juvenile laws.

The accused were booked for murder, rape, unnatural sex and abduction.

The accused have been charged among others under Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder), 376 (gangrape), 377 (unnatural offence), 201 (destruction of evidence), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person).

There would be in-camera court proceedings in a fast track court and no one would be allowed in the court.

Reports said police arrived late in the court of the Metropolitan Magistrate and so it could not be transferred to a fast track court during the day.

Once the metropolitan magistrate´s court takes cognizance of the case, it will be transferred to a fast-track court that was inaugurated by India´s Chief Justice Altamas Kabir on Wednesday.

The court will hold daily hearing in this case and have no adjournments.

Six people have been accused of raping and brutalizing a 23-year-old medical student in a moving bus. The victim succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on December 29. One of the accused is reportedly a minor.

Five of the accused are currently lodged in Tihar Jail, while the sixth is at a juvenile home.

Reports said they will not be present in court on Thursday.

Meanwhile, moments after the Delhi Police on Thursday filed the charge-sheet, the father of the victim said the culprits should be hanged.

"They should be hanged. We are happy with police action," the father of the girl who finally died in a Singapore hospital said.

"We are happy with the proceedings so far," he said.

Earlier, Union Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said she would go with the people at large on the issue of death penalty for rapists.

"I will go with whatever the aam aadmi (common man) wants on this," was her reply to a question by a news channel when asked if she was for death penalty of rapists.

Congress has not spelt out clearly its views on death penalty for rape though the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has advocated death penalty for rape.

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