New Delhi, Dec 31: The results of DNA tests and forensic findings in the Delhi gang-rape case are likely to be handed over to the investigators today. On the basis of the two reports, a charge sheet will be filed against five men and a minor who raped the 23-year-old paramedical student in a bus here on Dec 16.
As the hitherto unnamed victim breathed her last at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on Dec 29, five of her rapists have been booked under Sec 302 of the IPC. Apart from murder, they face a host of other charges including kidnapping, gang-rape, unnatural offences etc.
The charge sheet that runs into more than 1000 pages will be filed by Dec 2, sources in the Delhi Police said. The trial in the case is slated to start on Jan 3, 2013.
It was on Dec 16 that the victim and her male friend opted for a chartered bus from Munirka as they were in a hurry to reach Dwarka. The six accused were enjoying a joyride on the bus that normally ferries schoolchildren when the duo boarded it around 9.15 p.m.
The accused soon started taunting the victim for travelling late at night with her friend. His strong objection led to a fight between him and the accused. The victim tried to rescue him but she too was beaten up.
Then the accused raped her one by one and even used an iron rod to brutally assault her. After snatching ATM cards and other valuables including mobile phones from the victim and her friend, the accused threw both of them out of the moving bus.
A passerby saw the duo lying half-naked near the Mahipalpur flyover and alerted the police. The victim was rushed to Safdarjung hospital where doctors found that she had sustained horrific injuries.
Though her badly damaged intestines were later removed and she also underwent three surgeries, the victim's condidtion continued to deteriorate. She suffered a cardiac arrest following which the goverment arranged for her to be shifted to the hospital in Singapore. Unfortunately, the doctors there could not save her life.
All but one of the accused are now lodged in Tihar Jail. Also, a case has been registered against the minor under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
Politicians, protesters and activists have demanded death penalty for the accused. Whether the laws will be amended for this remains to be seen.