The Delhi Police on Thursday filed a chargesheet before a city court against five men accused of raping a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus on December 16 last year and leaving her to die after brutalising her.
The chargesheet was filed in a packed court room of Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Surya Malik Grover. The police requested the court to hold in-camera proceeding.
The police wanted the court to retain the documents in sealed covers to protect the identity of the victim. They informed the court that the electronic chargesheet will also be submitted later. The court put the matter up for consideration on January 5.
The five accused named in the chargesheet are Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur. They have been charged with kidnapping, gangrape, unnatural sex, murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, wrongful confinement and criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence under the Indian Penal Code.
The sixth accused is a juvenile, whose ossification test report is awaited.
Additional Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan filed the operative portion of the chargesheet before the duty magistrate at 5.30 pm, well past court hours, in the presence of hordes of journalists and advocates. Some protesting advocates wanted the accused to be handed over to the public.
The victim, who was with her male friend, was gangraped and assaulted by five men and a juvenile on a moving bus in the capital. Severely battered, the woman was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital and fought for her life for 10 days before being sent to Singapore where she died on December 30.
The chargesheet comes a day after the inauguration of the first of five fast-track courts set up to deal with rape cases in the capital. Earlier in the day, an uncle of the victim's male friend, an advocate, told reporters that he would approach the Delhi High Court if the sixth accused was declared a juvenile. He said the sixth accused should be treated on a par with the other accused.