India rape accused plead not guilty

2013-02-02 17:00

New Delhi - Five men pleaded not guilty on Saturday to charges they gang raped and murdered an Indian trainee physiotherapist, in a case that led to a shake-up of laws against sexual crimes after protests about a rising number of attacks on women.

A Reuters witness saw the men file into the court room with their faces covered, where lawyers in the case said they were read thirteen charges including murder, which carries a maximum penalty of death. They left after 15 minutes.

"After the judge read out the charges, the five pleaded not guilty and walked out" said AP Singh, a lawyer defending two of the accused, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur.

Singh said the next hearing will be held on 5 February, when the prosecution will call three witnesses to the formal start of the trial.

A sixth person police say was part of the gang that attacked the woman and her friend is a juvenile and will be tried separately.

Police say the gang lured the 23-year-old physiotherapy student onto a bus, where they repeatedly raped and assaulted her with a metal bar before throwing her bleeding onto a highway. She died of internal injuries two weeks later.

  • delish7564 - 2013-02-02 18:38


  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-02 19:31

    Of course they will plead not guilty?? just execute them!!

  • avinash.bhervia - 2013-02-02 19:47

    Hang them

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2013-02-02 20:07

    Bury them alive and let their families witness the punishment.

  • hein.huyser - 2013-02-02 23:43


  • Tim Safak - 2013-02-03 07:30

    i have trust in indian justice i'm sure they will get what they deserve

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