Monday January 21, 2013
Another Delhi gang-rape suspect is under 18, says lawyer
NEW DELHI: A lawyer for one of five suspects who have gone on trial for the fatal gang-rape of a student on a New Delhi bus said Monday his client was under 18 and should appear before a juvenile court.
Police had said Vinay Sharma, a gym assistant and fitness trainer, was aged 20 and he was put on trial along with four other adult suspects in a special "fast-track" court on Monday.
"My client is a minor and I have requested the court that his case should be moved to the juvenile justice court," Sharma's lawyer A.P. Singh told AFP outside the courtroom, adding that a ruling was expected on January 24.
A sixth suspect in the horrifying crime, which has provoked street protests and a month of soul-searching in India, is being tried in a juvenile court where he is expected to receive a far more lenient sentence.
The woman, a promising student whose father worked extra shifts as an airport baggage handler to educate her, suffered massive intestinal injuries during the assault on the bus in which she was raped and violated with an iron bar.
She died 13 days later after the government airlifted her to a Singapore hospital in a last-ditch bid to save her life. - AFP