New Delhi: Delhi gang rape victim’s male friend, who accompanied her on ill-fated night of December 16, came to Saket fast-track court of Delhi on Tuesday to testify against the five accused.

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The 28-year-old software engineer, who was severely assaulted that night as he tried to protect the victim, arrived on a wheelchair.

Three others, who first saw the incident on the highway and informed the police, are also expected to depose in the court.

As per the court’s directions, the trial in this case is being held in-camera.

On February 2, a fast-track court had framed charges against five accused in the December 16 gang rape case and put them on trial on various counts including conspiracy to abduct the 23-year-old paramedical student and brutally assault her.

The accused bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

The juvenile accused in the case will be heard in Juvenile Justice Board and treated according to the juvenile law. Last week, he was declared minor by Juvenile Board on the basis of his birth certificate.

The trial court will hear the matter on day-to-day basis to ensure speedy justice to the braveheart who was brutally raped and assaulted in the moving bus. Thereafter, the victim girl and her male friend were thrown out from the bus. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29 in Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth hospital.

The court has farmed charges 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.

Victim’s father vows to continue his fight

All those behind the December 16 gang rape here should be hanged, said the father of the 23-year-old victim stressing that he would pursue the case till the end.

As the case against the five accused in the gang rape of the young woman, who succumbed to her grievous injuries on December 29, began in a Delhi court, her father addressed a press conference on Tuesday to assert that he would approach the courts to ensure justice was done.

"I want all six of them to be hanged. We will go to the court and pursue the case till the end," he said, with his son by his side.

The sixth accused is a juvenile. He said he didn't have "much knowledge" about the ordinance, promulgated last week that awards stricter punishment for sexual crimes against women, including death sentence in rare cases.

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