Delhi gangrape victim's friend testifies in court

NEW DELHI: The friend of the 23-year-old paramedic student who was gangraped by six men in a moving bus today arrived at a fast track court to testify against those who were responsible for the heinous crime.

The 28-year-old arrived in wheelchair and is expected to be the first witness to testify. Though he did not speak to the media, his father said that his son would go to any extent to see that the accused are brought to book.

The father of the 23-year-old victim stressed that all accused should be hanged and said that he would pursue the case till the end.

"I want all six of them to be hanged. We will go to the court and pursue the case till the end," he said, with his son by his side. The sixth accused is a juvenile.

He said he didn't have "much knowledge" about the ordinance, promulgated last week, that awards stricter punishment for sexual crimes against women, including death sentence in rare cases.

As the case against the five accused in the gang-rape of the young woman, who succumbed to her grievous injuries on Dec 29, began in a Delhi court, her father addressed a press conference to assert that he would approach the courts to ensure justice was done.

His daughter was raped on the night of Dec 16 last year when she got on to a bus with her friend. Six people, including a juvenile, have been accused of the horrific crime. She died in a Singapore hospital, where she was taken for treatment of her injuries.