Saturday, 31 August 2013

Delhi gang rape accused guilty

Source BBC News@

Protest in DelhiThe gang rape led to widespread protests across India demanding government action

An Indian juvenile court is expected to deliver its verdict in the case of a teenager accused of taking part with a group of adults in the fatal gang rape of a woman on a Delhi bus.

He is charged with rape, murder, destroying evidence, and other crimes carried out while aged 17.

The teenager, who cannot be named, faces up to three years in a reform facility if convicted.

He has denied the charges, as have four men also on trial for the attack.

They face the death penalty. A fifth adult defendant was found dead in his cell in March and prison officials said they believed he hanged himself.

The gang rape of the 23-year-old woman last December caused uproar across India and triggered a national debate about the treatment of women.

The verdict in the case of the teenager - now aged 18 - has been deferred several times before.

Case Timeline

  • 16 December 2012: Student gang raped on Delhi bus

  • 17 December: Bus driver Ram Singh and three others arrested

  • 18 December: Uproar in parliament, street protests in Delhi and elsewhere

  • 21-22 December: Two more arrests, including a minor

  • 29 December: Victim dies in Singapore hospital

  • 7 January 2013: Suspects charged in court with abduction, gang rape, murder

  • 21 January: Trial of five accused begins in special fast-track court

  • 2 February: Five accused plead not guilty

  • 28 February: Sixth accused charged in juvenile court

  • 11 March: Ram Singh found dead in Tihar jail

He was six months short of becoming an adult at the time of the crime and many, including the family of the victim, have demanded that he should be treated as an adult and face the death penalty for his alleged crime.

Meanwhile, a special fast-track court dealing with the trial of the four men accused in the case has been hearing closing arguments.

A judge who has been hearing the case since the trial began in February is expected deliver his verdicts in mid-September.

In March, India passed a new bill containing harsher punishments, including the death penalty, for rapists.

Correspondents say the court hearings are being closely followed in India.

The victim, a physiotherapy student who also cannot be named for legal reasons, was with a male friend when she was attacked on a bus and thrown from the vehicle.

Police said the assailants beat both of them and then raped the woman. She died in a Singapore hospital on 29 December from massive internal injuries.

Đăng ký: Tieng Anh Vui


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