Delhi HC allows media to cover trial of Dec. 16 gang-rape case

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 11:49 hrs

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday allowed the media to cover the day-to-day proceedings of the trial in the December 16 gang-rape case, which was being heard behind closed doors till date.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher said 'the trial court will allow access to one representative journalist of each of the accredited national dailies'.

Allowing the plea of a group of accredited journalists from the high court, the judge said 'the reporters from two national news agencies and other national dailies shall share their stories with the representatives of other newspapers and members of the electronic media'.

The court, however, asked the media not to disclose the name of the victim or any of her family members.

The high court also hoped that the media will confine its reporting to the news and will not transgress into areas in the trial court's domain.

The 23-year-old 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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