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Delhi gang-rape suspects to appear in court for the first time

Published on Jan 7, 2013 6:03 AM
 
Indian protesters shout slogans during a protest against a gang rape in New Delhi on Jan 6, 2013. Claims of police incompetence and public apathy stirred new anger in the Delhi gang-rape case after the boyfriend of the victim recounted details of the savage attack for the first time. The man was the only witness to the gang-rape of his girlfriend by six men on a moving bus on Dec 16 which has stirred sometimes violent protests against the treatment of women in Indian society and an apparent rise in sex crime. -- PHOTO : AFP 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Five men charged with the brutal gang-rape and murder of a student in New Delhi will appear in court for the first time on Monday after police said they had forensic evidence to link to them to the killing.

The five, who could face the death penalty if convicted, are also charged with kidnap, robbery and conspiracy over the attack on a bus on Dec 16 that sparked protests in India and soul-searching about the levels of violence against women.

The defendants have been named as Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vijay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta. A sixth accused, who is 17, is to be tried in a separate court for juveniles.

It normally takes months for the prosecution to assemble such a case, but the legal proceedings are getting underway barely a week after the 23-year-old medical student died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital.

 
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