|Delhi rape gang faces murder charges tomorrow
A gang of six rapists who raped and murdered a young girl on a bus in India’s capital Delhi on December 16, will formally face murder and rape charges tomorrow in a fast-track court. A sixth suspect is aged 17 and is expected to be tried in a court for juveniles.
It also emerged that the attackers who threw her off the bus tried to run her over, but her boyfriend, who was also beaten up and thrown off the bus, managed to pull her to safety just in time. The grisly account is a part of allegations in a 1,000-page charge sheet to be presented in court tomorrow, AFP reports citing local newspapers and TV reports.
The 23-year-old female medical student died of her injuries at the weekend after being airlifted to Singapore.
Injuries on the suspects, as well as forensic evidence such a blood, semen and hair samples and the testimony of the injured boyfriend, are expected to form the main evidence against the accused, reports and police sources said.
The sixth suspect aged 17 is expected to be tried in a court for juveniles.
“The woman and her friend were stripped and thrown out of the bus,'' The Indian Express reported. “Her friend pulled her away when he saw the bus reversing to run her over.’’
The Times of India newspaper said the charge sheet would likely begin with details on how the driver of the private vehicle, who allegedly took part in the rape, got his group of friends together and set out for a joyride.
One of the charges against the accused relates to the destruction of evidence, the paper said, since the driver had tried to wash the bus and had burned the clothes that were snatched from the victim.
The woman died at the weekend after a 13-day struggle to survive injuries so grievous that her intestines had to be removed. She also underwent three major surgeries and suffered a cardiac arrest before being flown to Singapore.