New Delhi: Gangrape and murder charges were on Thursday ordered to be framed by a juvenile justice board against the minor accused of brutally raping along with five adults a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16. The girl, who was initially treated at Safdarjung Hospital, was later shifted to a Singapore hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012.
Finding prima facie evidence against the 17-year-old juvenile, Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel ordered framing of charges under various provisions of the IPC dealing with gangrape, murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, attempt to murder, dacoity, destruction of evidence and conspiracy. The Board has now fixed the case on March 6 for recording of evidence.
The charges of robbery, wrongful confinement and destruction of evidence have also been framed against the juvenile in another case of robbing a vegetable seller prior who had boarded the bus on the fateful night before the gang rape victim and her friend allegedly became the prey of the minor and his five adult co-accused. The panel will commence recording of evidence in the robbery case from March 12 against the juvenile.