December 16 gangrape: Court likely to pronounce verdict today

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): A fast track court is likely to pronounce on Tuesday its verdict in the December 16 gangrape case, in which four adult accused were tried for brutal rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus.

Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna had, on September 3, reserved his order for September 10 after the prosecution and defence closed their arguments.

The police had charged six persons in the incident. The case against one of the main accused, Ram Singh, was dropped following his death in Tihar Jail during the trial earlier this year.

The sixth juvenile accused was held guilty by the Juvenile Justice Board on August 31, and was sent to a remand home for three years.

The charges in the instant case were framed on February 2 during which the court also invoked section 366 IPC against them for abducting the girl with the intention of committing "illicit intercourse".

It had in its order described the juvenile as an associate of the adult accused, who committed gang rape in furtherance of the conspiracy and "common intention".

The four have been tried for offences under section 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gangrape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120-B (conspiracy), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 365 ( kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), and 412 (dishonestly receiving property stolen in the commission of a dacoity) of the IPC.

The 23-year-old paramedical student was raped, beaten and tortured by six men on a moving bus in South Delhi area on December 16 last year. The victim later died of internal injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks later. (ANI)

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