NEW DELHI, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- A special fast track court in the Indian capital Saturday brought charges, including that of rape and murder, against five of the six accused in the gangrape of a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus last December, an official said.
The fast track court, which was set up last month, would begin the trial of the five accused Tuesday, the official said, adding that the chargesheet contains the victim's statement in deathbed, details of the accused, evidence and forensic reports.
Though five of the accused face a maximum punishment of death penalty if convicted, the sixth accused, being under 18 years of age, would be tried under the juvenile justice act and is likely to get away with lighter punishment, up to a maximum of three years.
The gangrape shocked India and sparked massive public outcry over the rising incidents of sexual assaults on women.
The victim was gangraped allegedly by the six accused, currently in judicial custody, on Dec. 16 last year on the bus which she and her boyfriend had boarded after watching a movie at a multiplex in the south of the national capital.
The duo were also beaten up mercilessly by the accused before they were thrown out of the vehicle.
The Delhi University student died of her injuries earlier last month at a hospital in Singapore, where she was shifted after her condition worsened at a government hospital in the Indian capital.
NEW DELHI, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Indian government has approved death penalty for rapists who grievously harm their victims physically or mentally, after the Dec. 16 horrifying gang rape in the Indian capital, reported local media Saturday.
The government approved an ordinance asking for the death sentence, which will become law as soon as the Indian president signs it, said local daily Hindustan Times. Full story
NEW DELHI, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- An Indian judges' committee Wednesday submitted a report on how to amend criminal codes to deliver harsher punishment of rapists, after the horrifying gang rape which took place last month in the Indian capital.
The committee headed by former chief justice J.S. Verma, set up to suggest ways to make rape laws stronger in the country, submitted its report and hoped it would be taken up seriously in the coming parliament session. Full story
NEW DELHI, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- India's Supreme Court Monday accepted a plea from one of the six accused in the horrific Delhi gangrape case to move the trial to a location outside the national capital.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir agreed to hear the petition Tuesday after the defense counsel for the accused Mukesh Singh pleaded with the apex court for an urgent hearing on the ground that free and fair hearing would not be possible in the special court recently set up in the Indian capital due to strong public sentiments against him. Full story