India court scheduled to give first verdict in gang-rape case
NEW DELHI, Delhi province (AFP) - A New Delhi court is scheduled on Saturday to hand down the first and long-delayed verdict on one of the suspects tried over the fatal gang-rape of a student, which sparked outrage in India.
A juvenile court has delayed releasing its verdict four times since wrapping up the case against the teenager charged over the savage attack on a moving bus on December 16.
The Supreme Court this month cleared the way for the principal magistrate to deliver a verdict, ruling that she could disregard a legal challenge cited as the main reason for the delay.
But given the number of delays so far, lawyers involved in the case said they were hopeful rather than confident of finally hearing a decision.