India

Delhi rape: Court charges juvenile with rape and murder

  • 28 February 2013
  • From the section India
Anti-rape protest in Delhi
The case has shocked India and raised a debate over the treatment of women

A court in India has formally charged a 17-year-old accused in the fatal gang rape of a woman in the capital Delhi last month.

The Juvenile Justice Board has charged the boy with rape, murder and other crimes, including kidnapping. It set 6 March as the start of the trial.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of three years in a reform facility.

He denied the charges - as have five other suspects on trial at a specially convened fast-track court.

They face the death penalty.

The brutal assault shocked India and raised a debate over the treatment of women in the country.

The victim, a physiotherapy student who cannot be named in India for legal reasons, and a male friend were attacked on a bus on 16 December.

Police said the assailants beat both of them, and then raped the woman. She suffered massive internal injuries and died nearly two weeks later.