Thursday January 3, 2013
Profiles of men to be charged over New Delhi gang rape
NEW DELHI: Brief profiles of the men set to be charged with rape, murder and kidnapping in a New Delhi court on Thursday over the brutal gang-rape and killing of a 23-year-old medical student on Dec 16.
After watching a film, she was raped on a moving bus after being lured onto it with her boyfriend.
Following the ordeal both were thrown off the moving vehicle at a roadside near the international airport.
Details of the suspects have emerged from Delhi police statements and media reports.
The alleged ringleader is a 35-year-old widower who police and neighbours near his home in Ravi Dass colony, a slum in south Delhi, describe as a rowdy, heavy drinker. He was the regular driver of the white private bus alleged to have been used for the crime, which was normally used to ferry school children. Originally from the western state of Rajasthan, police say he and friends had had a meal together and had been drinking heavily before deciding to take the bus out for a night-time joyride.
The 26-year-old brother of Ram Singh of the same address who worked as an occasional driver and cleaner of the bus. He is accused of taking part in the rape as well as hitting the woman and her boyfriend with an iron rod.
A 20-year-old gym assistant and fitness trainer, who has apparently confessed to beating up the boyfriend but denies raping the girl, according to The Hindu newspaper.
A 28-year-old helper on the bus, from the impoverished eastern state of Bihar. He was arrested in Bihar on December 21. He is also accused of trying to destroy evidence by helping to wash the bus after the incident.
A 19-year-old fruitseller, reported by The Hindu to have said "I have done a horrible thing... I have done a bad thing" during an earlier court appearance when police sought permission for an identification parade. Suspect no. 6 A minor whose name cannot be given for legal reasons. Thought to be 17, police are checking his age with a bone test.