Defense lawyers started the cross-examination of the key eye-witness, the male companion of the victim in court today. The witness has identified the bus in which the crime had taken place and testified against the five accused who have pleaded not guilty to all the charges including rape and murder.
The hearing took place at the fast track court in the Saket Court Complex and the first set of 88 witnesses were deposed before court. This included eye-witnesses, police officials, and doctors who had treated the physiotherapy student. The prosecution hopes to finish examining witnesses within the month. The cross-examination of the male friend will be continued on Thursday.
The judge has banned all reporting of proceedings inside the courtroom and has ordered the lawyers not to talk to the journalists.
The fast-track courts are on course so far with the process of the trial but the victim’s family is not happy that the juvenile accused will be tried separately. The victim’s brother believes the law should be amended so that the juvenile can be hanged along with the other attackers.
The five accused and one juvenile may or may not be punished in accordance to the gruesome crimes they have committed. With the support of the government and other law machinery, this case looks like an open-and-shut case. Yet, the defense lawyers have pleaded not guilty on behalf of his clients.This may be a sign of things to come, later in the course of trial.