New Delhi, Feb 7: The trial of the brutal Delhi gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus has began on Tuesday, Feb 5. The lone eye-witness, the male friend of the victim who was with her when the horrific incident happened was cross examined by the defence in the fast-track court, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The injured 28-year-old software engineer who came to the court on a wheel-chair, as he is yet to be fully cured is determined to get justice for his deceased friend. Although the 28-year-old eye-witness did not interact with media, his father said, "My son will go to any lengths to ensure the guilty are punished."
On Dec 16, 2012, the paramedical student was gang-raped by a group of six men in a moving bus. She and her friend was assaulted before being thrown out of the bus to die on the streets of national capital. The entire episode shocked the country, which led to massive street protests to demand safety for women and death penalty for rapists.
Police have charged the five accused under 13 sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC): sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt).
All five have pleaded not guilty. Five accused are Vinay Sharma, Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Kumar.
The identity of the juvenile has not been revealed by the police.
The sixth accused has been declared as a juvenile by Juvenile Justice (JJ) Board on the basis of his school certificate. The 17-year-old accused will be tried by the board. "If convicted, he will spend a maximum of three years in a reformatory," states JJ Act.