Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


First Delhi gang-rape verdict due in India

11 July 2013, 12:31

New Delhi - A New Delhi court was set to deliver the first verdict on Thursday on one of five suspects on trial over the fatal gang-rape of a student on a moving bus, which triggered an outcry in India.

The juveniles' court in the capital has finished hearing the case of a teenager, aged 17 at the time of the brutal assault in December, who faces a maximum sentence of three years in a correctional facility if found guilty.

The defending counsel said he would announce his next move once the verdict, which many fear could spark fresh demonstrations, is out later on Thursday.

"I am awaiting the judgement which will come anytime between 10:30 and 16:00 (0500 GMT and 0830 GMT)," said Rajesh Tiwari, a lawyer defending the juvenile who cannot be named for legal reasons.

"It is really difficult to say how I am feeling just now but I will react once the verdict is out," the lawyer told AFP.

Law change rejected

The juvenile on trial can be sent to a correctional facility for a maximum three-year term, which includes the time he has already spent in custody while waiting for the verdict.

The verdict is likely to cause further anger in a country attempting to turn a rising tide of violence against women and which has passed a new law toughening sentences for adults convicted of sex crimes.

The victim's family led calls for the teenager to be tried as an adult, alongside five men initially arrested over the savage crime on 16 December, which led to weeks of protests in the capital and elsewhere.

The trial of four adult suspects continues but is expected to wrap up in the next few months, with the men facing a possible death sentence if convicted of rape and murder.

The fifth adult, alleged ringleader Ram Singh, died in jail in an apparent suicide.

A government panel set up after the Delhi gang-rape to recommend changes to sex crime laws rejected calls to lower the age at which people can be tried as adults from 18 to 16.

Delhi High Court lawyer Vishwendra Verma, who is not connected with the case, underlined that the juvenile court could not award more than three years detention, which is not considered a punishment.

"It is an act to reform the child," the legal expert told AFP.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Mudavadi given permission to join...

Musalia Mudavadi has been ghranted permission by his party to join the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...