Trial begins, family wants death for juvenile

Delhi gangrape

At the trial that began Tuesday at the special fast-track court of Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, the victim's friend, who was present with her at the time of the gangrape and was badly beaten up, gave his testimony. The bus in which the gangrape took place was also brought to the court house.

The 28-year-old software engineer came to court in a wheelchair owing to his injuries, and was examined by the court for over four hours. Sources said the police also filed a supplementary chargesheet in the case, with the deceased girl's postmortem report and other medical reports, before the court.

The fast-track court had earlier invoked provisions of Section 327 of the CrPC to ban the media from "printing or publishing any matter related to the proceedings" in the gangrape case. The trial is being held in camera and no reporters or any other persons not directly connected to the case are allowed inside the courtroom. The judge has also banned lawyers in the case from speaking to the media or giving public statements.

Calling their press meet strictly "non-political", BJP chief Vijender Gupta announced the naming of the R K Puram science museum after the victim, adding that it would be renovated with a budget of Rs 20 crore. Mayor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation Rajesh Gehlot was present at the press conference.

Gupta also urged the two other corporations of Delhi, East and North, to dedicate one major project to the victim.

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