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Delhi gang-rape verdict day: who said what in court?

htcorrespondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 10, 2013
First Published: 16:34 IST(10/9/2013) | Last Updated: 16:40 IST(10/9/2013)

WHAT KEY WITNESSES SAID

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THE VICTIM: (in three dying declarations): Public prosecutor told the court she gave the details of what happened in the bus. Also, that she and her male friend were lured into the bus making them believe that it was a public bus going to Palam Vihar.

VICTIM’S MALE FRIEND: Identifies all accused as rapists. Explained sequence of events from the moment he boarded the bus with the victim till they were thrown out. 

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Detailed how each accused was arrested. Identified the bedsheet with which the victim and her friend were covered when they were first spotted by the PCR van. Identified the key of the bus and also the iron rod with which the girl was assaulted.

SAFDARJUNG HOSPITAL DOCTOR: He was in-charge of the ICU where the victim was treated for 10 days. He said injury inflicted by the six accused on the woman was sufficient to cause death.

ON SHIFTING VICTIM TO SINGAPORE: Safdarjung doctors said the girl was shifted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore as it had the best facilities for “critical care” and organ transplant.

DELHI POLICE OFFICERS: Said prime accused Ram Singh was arrested from the bus itself.   “When we reached near the bus one person got down from it and after seeing us he started running, I chased that person and apprehended him... Upon inquiry that person disclosed his name as

Ram Singh (since deceased). He had also destroyed evidence. The seats of the bus was found wet. Some blood was visible on the corner of the wall touching the ceiling as well as on the floor of the bus. On asked about it, the accused did not respond satisfactorily,” said an inspector

DNA EXPERTS: DNA investigation of bloodstained clothes and body swabs linked all five men and the juvenile to the crime and that was sufficient for their conviction. Defence lawyers claim they were fabricated.

VICTIM’S  MOTHER: “Judge sahab, meri beti ko insaaf dilaiye (please ensure justice for my daughter).” Lawyers for accused do not cross-examine her, saying she was in deep pain and they did not want to depress her further. 

“My daughter left home at 4 pm after informing me that she was going shopping and would also watch a movie.” When she did not return home till 9pm, the mother called her but her daughter’s phone was switched off.

“At about 11-11:15pm, I received a call from the PCR informing me that some incident had happened with my daughter and I was asked to come to Safdarjung Hospital immediately. I, along with my husband, rushed to the hospital. I could not talk to her as she was being taken for surgery.”

SINGAPORE DOCTORS: Doctors of Singapore hospital who treated her and conducted her post-mortem examination said the injury on the victim’s body was sufficient to cause death. Denied allegation of lawyers for the accused that she was brought dead.

MAGISTRATE:  Explains the dying declaration of the victim in which she said she was raped and brutally assaulted.

WHAT ACCUSED’S LAWYER SAID IN THEIR DEFENCE

Defence lawyers claimed none of the accused was in the bus and that they were framed using “fabricated” and “planted” evidence.

Vinay and Pawan produced witnesses to prove they had gone to  a music event organised in the DDA district park at Hauz Khas in south Delhi on the night of December 16.

Akshay also said he was not in the bus and had left for his village in Bihar, a day prior to the incident.

Mukesh said he was only driving the bus in which the girl was sexually assaulted and it was Ram Singh, Vinay, Pawan, Akshay and the juvenile who attacked the girl and her friend.


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