Re: Violence against women, including rape
Gang-rape case committed to fast track sessions court
The trial in the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in New Delhi was on Thursday committed to sessions and proceedings in the fast track court would commence from January 21.
Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, who will be heading the fast track court, will conduct the case against the five accused.
The case was committed to the sessions judge by Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal, who conducted the proceedings in-camera and all the accused were on Thursday supplied with documents related to the case.
Defence counsel M.L. Sharma, V.K. Anand, Vivek Sharma and A.P. Singh told reporters outside the court that they have also received the e-challan copy of the charge sheet and all the documents related to the case has also been supplied to them.
The counsel also said that the court has rejected prosecution’s plea for bringing the accused in handcuffs.
The court had earlier fixed today for scrutiny of the documents which has been completed.
The five accused -- bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh -- were produced before the court.
The case of the sixth accused -- a minor -- is being heard by a Juvenile Justice Board.
The victim, a paramedical student, was brutally raped and assaulted in a moving bus here on the night of December 16, 2012 and she died of injuries on December 29 in a Singapore hospital.
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