Delhi gangrape case: Police to file chargesheet today, seek death penalty, CJI tells India to shun 'lynch-mob mentality'

Saket court
The Delhi Police is likely to file the charge sheet in the gangrape-cum-murder case of a 23-year-old girl in court here on Thursday and will seek death penalty for the accused during the trial.

A senior police official said the chargesheet is expected to be filed today against five of the six accused in the December 16 brutal gangrape and assault case of the girl, who died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

The sixth person apprehended in the case has claimed that he is a minor and his case will be tried in Juvenile Justice Board. A separate police report will be sent to the Board after a bone test confirms that he is a minor.

"The chargesheet will be in e-format as we do usually," the official said.

Sources said that the main chargesheet will comprise 50 pages and will be accompanied by hundreds of pages of annexures.

Charges of gangrape, murder, kidnapping, criminal assault and robbery among other sections of IPC will be pressed against the accused.

The prosecution during the trial would demand death penalty for the five accused in connection with ghastly incident which stirred the conscience of the nation.

The Singapore doctor, who carried out the post-mortem of rape victim, will be included as a witness by the police in its chargesheet, the sources said.

The male friend of the victim will be the main witness in the case while the Singapore doctor, who carried out the post-mortem, and the Indian mission official who received her death certificate, would be asked to testify, they said.

Police sources had said that the six accused had also allegedly tried to mow the girl down under the bus after dumping her in south-west Delhi but her male friend had saved her from being crushed in the nick of time.

The victim, a paramedical student, was gangraped in a moving bus, brutally assaulted and then thrown out of the vehicle along with her male friend, a software engineer, who was also thrashed.

The girl and her friend were returning from the Saket mall after watching a film 'Life of Pi' and had boarded the chartered bus at Munirka for Dwarka not knowing it was plying illegally. The minor among the accused had called for passengers telling them that it was going towards their destination.

Inaugurating a fast track court in Saket in south Delhi that will try the accused in the case on Wednesday, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir cautioned against lynch-mob mentality and promised swift justice in cases of sexual offences against women.

"It is good to know that after this rather tragic incident of December 16, people have started raising their voices against certain crimes against society, against crime against women. But the immediate reaction of people has been that don't put these persons to trial, hand them over to us, we will deal with them, hang them.

"Now these kinds of sentiments, which are emotional, are rather dangerous sentiments. But these emotions will continue until the matter comes to us and we deal with them expeditiously," Justice Altamas Kabir said inaugurating the first of the five fast track courts that will hear cases of sexual offences against women.

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