The trial of the five men accused in the Delhi gang rape and murder case of 23-year-old paramedical student is scheduled to start today in the national capital. The sixth accused, who is believed to be 17-year-old would be tried in a juvenile court. According to the defense lawyer, V K Anand, the proceedings are expected to begin at 2:30 pm.
All the five men face charges of rape, murder, robbery and kidnapping. However, one of the accused Mukesh Singh has asked the Supreme Court to move the case out of New Delhi on the grounds that he fears he wouldn’t get a free and fair trial, given the pressure on the law enforcement agencies.
The defense lawyer said that they will enter not guilty pleas and accuse police of torturing the defendants. According to prosecutors, they have the victim's hospital bed declaration recorded before her death and testimony from her companion who took part in the identification of the accused after the ordeal.
Rajiv Mohan, the senior prosecutor has vowed to see the death penalty for the heinous and fatal crime. He said that there is sufficient evidence against the accused to secure conviction.