The Delhi gangrape and murder case trial formally begins in a fast-track court on today.
Charges have been framed against five accused under 13 sections of the IPC, the sixth being a minor will be treated according to the juvenile law. The fast-track court will hear the case on a day-to-day basis to ensure speedy justice.
In the in-camera proceedings that took place on Saturday, the court framed charges under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gangrape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120-B (conspiracy), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 365 ( kidnapping or abducting with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine person), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), and 412 (dishonestly receiving property stolen in the commission of a dacoity) of the IPC.
If found guilty under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code, the accused could face a maximum punishment of death penalty.
A fresh offence under section 366 of the IPC was added by the court against the accused for abducting the girl with the intention to compel and force her to "illicit intercourse".
In the order, the fast-track court described the juvenile as an "associate" of the five accused, who committed the gangrape in furtherance of the conspiracy and "in furtherance of common intention".
The juvenile, the sixth accused, has been been declared a "minor" by the Juvenile Justice Board, which will try him separately for the offences.
Delhi Police had on January 3 filed the chargesheet against the five accused for gang-raping and brutally assaulting the girl on a moving bus on December 16.