Rape victim's mom pleads for justice

2013-05-17 22:14
An Indian anti-rape protester. (Picture: AFP)

An Indian anti-rape protester. (Picture: AFP)

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New Delhi - The mother of a 23-year-old Indian student, who was fatally gang-raped in New Delhi last December, appeared in court on Friday to plead for justice, the Press Trust of India said.

The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, urged the judge to ensure justice is not denied to her daughter, after she had been cross-examined by the defence lawyers, the news agency reported.

"Honourable judge, please deliver justice to my daughter," she said with folded hands, according to PTI.

A lawyer for one of the accused refused to put any questions to her, saying he respected the feelings of a mother who has lost her daughter.

"I do not want to ask any question on behalf of my client. I can understand the pain of a mother," V K Anand, counsel for Mukesh Singh, was quoted as saying.

On trial

Judge Yogesh Khanna asked the other defence lawyers to be "polite" and refrain from asking questions that "may hurt her sentiments".

Four men are on trial for the murder and gang-rape of the physiotherapy student, who was attacked on a bus, on 16 December.

She died 13 days later at a hospital in Singapore.

The main accused in the case was found hanged in his prison cell in March.

A 17-year-old defendant is being tried separately in a juvenile court.

The case has led to months of soul-searching over widespread sexual crime in India, resulting in tougher laws to punish rapists and focusing global attention on violence against women in the country.

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