NEW DELHI: The juvenile justice board on Monday ruled that one of the six accused in the December 16 gang rape and murder case of a 23-year-old girl was a juvenile at the time of the attack.
The battered woman and her badly beaten male friend were then thrown out of the moving bus and lay naked and bleeding on the side of a busy road on a cold December night.
The attack was so brutal that the woman died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.
Within two days of the attack the police arrested the six accused. According to the police all six confessed their crimes. The police report said that DNA evidence from the men tied all of them in the rape and murder. According to police documents blood and saliva swabs from the accused matched the DNA found on the victim's injuries. The victim's blood was also found on the clothes, underwear and slippers of the accused.
The attack in the heart of New Delhi brought protesters into the streets demanding the government protect women and ensure those attacked get justice. In response, the city government set up five fast track courts to swiftly handle those cases.