Delhi gang-rape suspects in court for the first time

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Five men accused of the gang rape and murder of an Indian student appeared in court on Monday to hear charges against them, after two of them offered evidence possibly in return for a lighter sentence in the case that has led to a global outcry.

The five men, along with a teenager, are accused of raping the 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus in New Delhi. She died two weeks later on Dec 28 in a Singapore hospital.

Television images showed the blue police van believed to be transporting the suspects from Tihar jail as it arrived at the court gate prior to the hearing.

Two of the accused, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta, moved an application on Saturday requesting that they be made "approvers", or informers against the other accused, a public prosecutor in the case, Mr Rajiv Mohan, told Reuters.

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