New Delhi: The Delhi Police has filed a supplementary chargesheet in the Delhi gangrape case that includes autopsy report from Singapore and other forensic investigation reports. The trial begins in a fast-track court in the national capital today. Watch: Delhi gangrape: Trial begins today
The first set of prosecution witnesses will appear before the court and a total of 86 witnesses who have to be examined. The trial is aimed at delivering justice swiftly in a country where cases often languish for years in the entangled legal system.
The list of witnesses includes the victim's 28-year-old friend who was also assaulted by the six accused on the bus on the fateful night of December 16, 2012.
The girl had died in a hospital in Singapore on December 29.
The accused have been charged with murder, gangrape, unnatural offence, destruction of evidence, attempt to murder, kidnapping, causing hurt while committing robbery, dacoity with murder, and common intent among others. If convicted, they could face the death penalty.
The Juvenile Justice Board declared the sixth accused a minor last month, and his case will be heard by the board. He would be tried separately and could face a maximum sentence of three years in a reform facility
The five accused are Ram Singh, a bus driver, and his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, a fruit seller, Vinay Sharma, a gym instructor, and Akshay Thakur, a bus cleaner. They are currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
Following sections under which the accused have been charged:
• Section 365: Kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person
• Section 376(2)g: Gangrape
• Section 377: Unnatural sex
• Section 307: Attempt to murder
• Section 397: Robbery or dacoity with serious weapon causing severe injury
• Section 120B: Criminal conspiracy
• Section 394: Voluntarily causing hurt in committing robber
• Section 395: Punishment for dacoity
• Section 396: Dacoity with murder
• Section 412: Dishonestly receiving property stolen
• Section 201: Destruction of evidence
• Section 34: Common intent
• Section 302: Murder