HC lifts ban on bus rape coverage

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 11:36 hrs

The Delhi High Court on Friday ruled that the media will be allowed to cover the trial of the four men accused of raping and murdering a paramedical student in the national capital last December on a moving bus.

The trial was being held in-camera or behind closed doors, which meant the media was not allowed to attend and report the proceedings. The step was taken on the orders of the special fast-track court in south Delhi, which was commissioned to handle the case.

On Dec 16 last year, the medical student, who was returning home after watching a movie with her male friend, was gangraped by six men on a bus and assaulted with an iron rod.

She succumbed to her injuries on Dec 29 in a Singapore hospital.

Of the five adults facing the trial, the key accused Ram Singh committed suicide earlier this month by hanging himself in his cell at Tihar Jail.

The sixth accused, who is a minor is being tried by a juvenile court.

The incident triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of rape and brutalization of women in India with people pouring into the streets of New Delhi for days and demanding a change of law and strict punishment of the accused.

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