Injuries to Nirbhaya caused due to rods: Docs

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Injuries to Nirbhaya caused due to rods
New Delhi, April 27: With reference to the December 16 gangrape of Nirbhaya, doctors told the court on Saturday that the victim was injured with weapons (rods).

"Looking at the nature of the injuries suffered by the victim in her private parts, in my opinion, can be caused by the weapons produced before the court," said the doctor, who was part of the medical team of Safdarjung Hospital where the 23-year-old woman was initially treated.

During the cross-examination, counsel appearing for accused Pawan asked the witness "whether that type of injuries to the victim can be caused by the weapons (rods)" recovered by police as evidence.

The doctor, after seeing the rods, said: "In my opinion I had stated that weapon produced to us (team of doctors in hospital) could cause the said injuries. I have never stated anywhere that injuries were caused by only these weapons."

The counsel, during the cross-examination requested the court to produce the two rods to be shown to witness which was allowed by the court.

On inquiring by the counsel whether doctors measured the injuries caused to the victim, the surgeon replied that "the internal injuries can not be measured".

The Delhi gang-rape victim died in a Singapore hospital after fighting for her life for 13 days. The incident shocked the whole nation, as citizens across the country came out on the streets to protest against crime against women.

Initially, five accused in the case were facing trial for allegedly gang-raping and assaulting the woman, who died in a Singapore hospital on December 29. With the proceedings against the main accused Ram Singh having abated after his death on March 11, the remaining four adult accused - Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay Singh and Pawan - are facing trial in the case for rape and murder of the woman. The sixth accused in the case is a juvenile who is facing trial before the Juvenile Justice Board in Delhi.

OneIndia News (With input from agencies)

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