After the tragic death of the 23-year-old gangrape victim at a hospital in Singapore early morning on Saturday, the six accused arrested for the crime have now been charged with murder which attracts death sentence or life imprisonment.
The Delhi Police have also decided to file a 1000-page chargesheet by January 3. Special prosecutor Dyankrishnan will be conducting the trial on day to day basis.
The special prosecutor has volunteered to conduct a trial free of cost and will be assisted by two juniors.
All the six accused, including the juvenile, had initially been booked for common intention (Section 34 IPC), dacoity (397 IPC), gangrape (376 [G] IPC) and attempt to murder (307 IPC). The police claimed to have a water-tight case and with the addition of murder as a charge, they will now be in a relatively comfortable position to push for a death penalty.
Meanwhile, in wake of the protests, the Delhi Police have appealed people to maintain calm and also made special announcements at Jantar Mantar and other areas appealing protestors to be wary of miscreants who have infiltrated peaceful protests.
"Following the demise of the rape victim in Singapore, the autopsy was conducted by a Singaporean Medical Team. The report will be made available to us at the earliest. We hope to file the chargesheet by the January 3 and section 302 IPC, which is the penal section for murder, has been added in the case," said Dharmendra Kumar, special commissioner (law and order).
"It will be our endeavour to ensure the harshest punishment in the book to the culprits," Kumar added.