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India Gang Rape: Five Appear In Delhi Court
An Indian court hearing the case of five men accused of gang-raping and murdering a 23-year-old student was cleared as chaotic scenes forced the hearing to be held behind closed doors.
The suspects were being presented for the first time since the attack which took place on a bus on December 16, sparking protests in India and abroad about violence against women.
But the court was closed after noisy protests from lawyers objecting to the suspects being given defence counsels, and a crush of local and foreign journalists straining to hear proceedings in the tiny room.
"People who have assembled and are present in the court not connected with the case have been asked to wait outside," magistrate Namrita Aggarwal said in a written order to reporters.
"It has become completely impossible for the courtroom proceedings to proceed."
The five men, aged 19 to 35 and mostly residents of Delhi slums, were later produced before the magistrate, police officers said outside the courtroom.
After the hearing, which lasted around 45 minutes, the case was referred to a fast-track court.
Earlier, several blue Delhi Police buses believed to be holding the men were seen driving into the Saket court complex in south Delhi.
The accused, who could face the death penalty if convicted, are charged with kidnap, robbery and conspiracy over the attack. A sixth accused, who is 17, is to be tried in a separate court for juveniles.
Though gang rapes are commonplace in India, the case has touched a nerve, leading to three weeks of sweeping introspection on India's attitudes to women, its often insensitive police force and dysfunctional justice system.
It normally takes months for the prosecution to assemble such a case, but the legal proceedings are getting under way barely a week after the victim died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital.
She had been out to watch a film with her boyfriend when they were lured onto a bus where the gang are accused of repeatedly raping and violating her with an iron bar, causing horrific internal damage.
The defendants have been named as Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta.
Police pledged "maximum security" during the hearing at the court amid fears for the defendants' safety. A man was arrested last week as he allegedly tried to plant a crude bomb near the home of one of the men.
In the order clearing the court room on Monday, the magistrate said there was "apprehension" about the safety of the accused.
Outlining their case on Saturday, prosecutors said there was DNA evidence to tie the defendants to the crime scene, as well as testimony from the boyfriend who witnessed the assault.
"The blood of the victim tallied with the stains found on the clothes of the accused," said Rajiv Mohan, part of the prosecution team.
There have been widespread calls for the attackers to be hanged, including from the victim's family.
what do you think?
If found guilty they should all be hanged. None of them should escape justice just because they have tried to turn informer for the state - that's purely done out of self interest. Hang them all and in keeping with Hindu theology, after death, let their souls be condemned as well. Give them to the Goddess Kali-Ma, she who punishes those who would harm a woman or child.
i agree ALL OF THEM should be hanged . even the do called turned informerd so should the 17 year old . he was adult enough to take part in the crime so he should be treated and tried the same as the others
I think most of the world's religions agree their after life will not be pleasant . .Islam and Christianity speak of hell and Buddhism has a lower form of reincarnation awaiting.
Ive been finding it difficult to comment on this news story, its so barbaric.hope these men are dealt with with the utmost severity but most of all i hope this crime will be a catalyst for change in india, then this young womans life wont have been totally in vain.
Had a post removed for calling for the death penalty for these monsters. . Given that the death penalty is potentially on the table I want to know this - what possible excuse can the moderators on orange world give for this censorship? Is it official policy by orange world to excuse the actions of these monsters? Or just the personal opinion of the individual moderator who thinks what these beasts did is acceptable? Either way - disgraceful
Oh I see my post has been reposted now after having been removed before. . . Sometimes there appears to be no rhyme or reason to orange world. Still, a small victory for freedom of speech - unless its removed again!
Well i had a post or rather several posts removed cos of an innuendo joke referring to mrs slocombe about her KITTY.its okay for the bbc to show" are you being served "on primetime telly but not orange.
So I'll reiterate what I said earlier, the first post on this thread, before it was removed. . . I believe all of these men, if found guilty, should be HANGED. Then, in keeping with Hindu theology, their souls should be condemned in the afterlife - give them to the Goddess Kali-Ma, she who punished those who would harm a woman or child.
And the latest is that these bunch of terrorists went out drunk on their sadistic mission ... while a daily wage earner happened to board this unfortunate bus ... these pigs beat & robbed that man of about 1500 INR ie around £19 and threw him off the bus... the man happened to come across a police patrolling bike with 2 cops just in time and narrated the whole incident ... instead of giving the bus a chase ... the dirty cops asked the man to go to the nearest police station and lodge a complaint and moved a different on a way... if only these uniformed bu99ers could have given a chase probably the course of the bus would have been different ... not necessarily apprehending them ... at least a chase would have changed the designs these pigs might have had on their minds ... probably the girl would have still been alive! What an irony! I understand one thing and that one thing is me! Everything starts with me! I cannot expect the world to change before the I don't change! This is one big tragedy for mankind!
Now two have turned state evidence to save their skins but I think all but the 17 year old will hang. This was a despicable crime but it troubles me all these men are slum dwellers . .you have to ask what would happen if it had been a group of partying wealthy Indians? I hope justice would still be done. I know of rich people in Thailand who have simply made a large donation to the police and walked. Its true in many places in Asia. Money number one.
Thay should all hang .just keep 17yr old until he is old enougth than hang him
This story absolutely sickens me and makes me cry. That poor woman. How would she ever of been able to come to terms mentally with such horrific evil inflicted on her not to mention the physical damage. Suffered a further long painful death after it and the people who should of helped ,I.e police , failed her too. Now her poor family will have the torture forever of knowing what she suffered. My thoughts are with them. R.I.P . :'(