Indian teen pleads not guilty to Delhi gang rape, murder
NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - An Indian teenager pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that he took part in the gang rape and murder of a trainee physiotherapist in New Delhi, a juvenile justice official said.
Police say the youth and five men on Dec. 16 lured the 23-year-old woman and her male friend onto a bus where they repeatedly raped her and beat her with a metal bar before tossing the bleeding couple on a road.
The woman died of internal injuries two weeks later in Singapore in a case that sparked violent protests and turned a global spotlight on the treatment of women in India.
The 17-year-old defendant has been charged with the same 13 offences as his co-accused, including rape, murder and robbery, by the juvenile court. His trial begins next week.