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India Rape Trial: Victim's Friend In Court
A man who was with the student who died after being gang-raped in India "will go to any lengths to ensure the guilty are punished", according to his father.
The woman's companion appeared in court on Tuesday as a prosecution witness in the trial of five men accused of fatally assaulting her.
The 23-year-old medical student died in a Singapore hospital on December 29 from massive internal injuries she sustained during the rape a fortnight earlier.
The attack has caused outrage across India and put the country's attitude to women under the spotlight.
As he accompanied his 28-year-old son into the courtroom, the father said: "My son will go to any lengths to ensure that the guilty are punished. He will cooperate and is prepared to answer any questions posed by the defence."
Reporters are not allowed in to the court but the father, who, like his son, cannot be named for legal reasons, passed information about the proceedings to those outside.
Reporters were later allowed to watch the son being brought out of the court to identify a bus in which the attack took place. He has been left in a wheelchair as a result of injuries he sustained at the time of the attack.
He was later expected to be cross-examined by lawyers for the five accused, who all deny murder, rape and robbery charges.
A sixth defendant has also pleaded not guilty. He will appear in a juvenile court.
The woman and the student had spent the evening at the cinema and were allegedly lured on to the bus after failing to flag down a motorised rickshaw as they tried to get home.
As well as taking turns to rape the woman and violating her, the group are accused of attacking her companion so badly that he is still unable to walk properly.
Her companion is the main witness in a case that is being held in a special fast-track court in Delhi.
The judge has banned all reporting of proceedings inside the courtroom and ordered lawyers not to speak to journalists. Photographers were told they were forbidden to take pictures of the man as he identified the bus.
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