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Wed 6 Mar 2013

Trial of teen in India gang rape begins in juvenile court after not guilty plea

  • By Maja Micudova and 1 other
  • Last Update: 4 years ago
  • New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India

The trial of underage suspect in the Delhi gang-rape case begins in a juvenile court after the defendant pleaded not guilty to rape, murder and robbery charges on February 28.

"The court has framed charges against the boy under relevant sections," said an official familiar with the case. "He has pleaded not guilty and claimed trial in the


Earlier this year, the Juvenile Justice Board accepted the teenager's date of birth as June 4, 1995, making him 17 years old. 

Under the Juvenile Justice Act, the minor faces a much lighter sentence for the crime. He can be sentenced to a maximum of three years in a juvenile remand home. 

The six suspects in the case have been accused of brutally beating and raping a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012. The injuries she sustained led to her death almost two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.

The  trial  of the other five accused in the case is under way. If found guilty, they face the death penalty. - Delhi rape: Court rules suspect to be tried as juvenile on 2013-01-28 - 'Amanat' case: 17-year-old accused is a minor, rules Juvenil on 2013-01-28 - Delhi rape: Court charges juvenile with rape and murder on 2013-02-28

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