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5 charged for Delhi gang rape
Publication Date : 04-01-2013
As the protests over the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in the capital continued, Delhi Police yesterday filed its charge-sheet against five accused in the case under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including murder, gang rape and kidnapping.
The horrific assault on the paramedical student on December 16 had triggered nationwide outrage. The victim died on December 29 in a Singapore hospital.
Eighteen days after the incident, the police filed a 33-page charge-sheet, accompanied by several bulky documents, many in sealed covers, in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover.
The role of the sixth offender, said to be a juvenile, is also elaborated in the charge-sheet which will come up for consideration on January 5 before a Delhi court. The case documents already run into more than 1,000 pages and include key testimony from the woman before she died. Police said they have scheduled about 30 witnesses.
The five accused, Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, and their accomplices, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur, have been charged with the offences of murder, gang rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting in committing robbery, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and common intention under the penal code.
Though the charges were placed before a magistrate, the trial of this case is likely to be transferred to a specially launched fast-track court.
The sixth accused in the case will be tried separately before a juvenile court. Police, however, said they have ordered a bone density test to confirm the age of the sixth accused. Police said the accused could not be presented in court for security reasons.
Police also sought directions from the court for not disclosing the contents of the FIR and for keeping all the documents in the charge-sheet in sealed covers to protect the identity of the victim. Police also urged the court to hold in-camera proceedings, away from public glare.
While police personnel were submitting the charge-sheet, a 60-year-old man created a ruckus in the courtroom demanding death penalty for the accused. The man, who said his name was Ombir, entered the court along with police personnel, lawyers and reporters. He was heard shouting, “There is no need for any kind of arguments or court hearing. Please announce the death sentence as all the investigations are done and and it's a crystal clear case.”
Later, police escorted him out and he was not allowed to come inside again. Outside the court premises also, several people protested demanding the death penalty for the accused without trial. However, police soon took them away. Lawyers of the Saket District Bar Council also protested against the gang rape and refused to defend the accused.