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Delhi gangrape victim’s friend faces slander

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 09, 2013
First Published: 23:31 IST(9/5/2013) | Last Updated: 23:33 IST(9/5/2013)

The male friend of the Delhi gangrape victim -- the only eye-witness in the case -- had a tough time in the court on Thursday, fielding objectionable questions from the defence lawyers about his relationship with the 24-year-old paramedic.

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However, judge Yogesh Khanna immediately came to his rescue. He disallowed the lawyers for the accused from raising questions about the intimate relationship between the victim and her male friend, who was with her when the incident took place.

“Such questions are scandalous. Please limit your queries to those that relate to the incident,” the judge told lawyers for accused Mukesh and Pawan. The queries evoked stiff objections from public prosecutor Dayan Krishnan also.

The youth, who was brutally beaten by the accused, also told the court that after they were both thrown out of the bus, he could not recall most of the details as he was in a state of shock due to his injuries.

He also said that he could not say if the officials in the two PCR vans that arrived at the spot had fought on jurisdictional issues.

“At that time I could only hear the cries of my friend,” he said.

He also denied allegations that he did not want his parents to know the truth about what happened that night and told them that he had suffered an accident.


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