Delhi rape case witnesses take the stand

  • The trial of five men accused in the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in the Indian capital, New Delhi, began on Tuesday,

    Five accused men are attending a special fast-track court. They deny charges of rape, murder and abduction.

    If convicted, they could face the death penalty. A sixth suspect will be tried separately in a youth court.

    The victim and a male companion, a key witness in the case, were attacked on a bus in the Indian capital on December 16. She died two weeks later at a hospital in Singapore.

    She and her 28-year-old friend cannot be named for legal reasons. He arrived at the courthouse in a wheelchair, still unable to walk due to injuries suffered in the attack.

    The five defendants facing trial are Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur.

    All reporting of proceedings inside the courtroom has been banned.

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