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Delhi gang-rape accused plead not guilty

New Delhi: The 28-year-old male friend of the girl, who was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus, on February 5, appeared before a fast-track court in New Delhi to testify about the incident to which he is the sole eyewitness.

The youth, a software engineer, came in a wheelchair to the court of Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna after he was summoned as a prosecution witness in the case.

Before she had died on December 29, the girl had recorded her testimony before a magistrate. Her statement along with that of her friend’s will be crucial for the prosecution.

The five accused in the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang rape case on February 2 pleaded not guilty to all charges framed against them and sought trial, which began on February 5.

The charges framed by a special fast-track court, after it found prima facie evidence in the police charge sheet, include murder, gang rape, unnatural offenses, kidnapping, dacoity, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy.

Meanwhile, demanding death for all the six accused, the father of the 23-year-old paramedic student on February 5 said he wanted the world to know the rape victim’s name as she “awoke the consciousness of the nation” by showing exemplary courage.