Delhi gang rape accused to be tried for murder

Feb 03, 2013, 07:42 IST | Agencies

All the six accused including the minor have been tried for 13 charges including destruction of evidence and dacoity

In the recent twist to the Delhi gang-rape case, Yogendra Khanna, the sessions judge has asked for the trial for murder to start from Tuesday.

Currently all the six accused which include,Ram Singh, a bus driver, and his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, a fruit seller, Vinay Sharma, a gym instructor, and Akshay Thakur, a bus cleaner will be tried for murder.

Khanna framed the charges of murder, gang-rape and kidnapping, among others, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the accused.

The other charges framed against them include unnatural offence, destruction of evidence, attempt to murder, causing hurt while committing robbery, dacoity with murder, and common intent.

The chargesheet, with annexures, ran into thousands of pages, also included the victim’s statement, details of the accused, evidence and forensic reports.

The Union cabinet on Friday approved an ordinance for enhanced punishment in cases of crimes against women, including sexual assault, acid attacks, voyeurism and trafficking, as suggested by the Justice JS Verma Committee.

Victim’s Family happy with the court decision
The Delhi gang-rape victim's family welcomed the court's decision for accepting 13 charges by Delhi Police against the five accused. The father of the 23-year-old woman said that he was happy about the decision.

"I feel that the five accused, except the sixth who is a juvenile, will be convicted by the end of this month,” he said.

Meanwhile the victim’s brother feels that the court shouldn’t leave the sixth who is a juvenile and send him for a bone ossification test to determine his actual age. 

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