December 16 Delhi gang-rape case - Timeline
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: A fast-track court here on Tuesday will pronounce its judgement in the keenly-watched December 16 Delhi gang-rape case.
Of the six accused, while one has committed suicide another was sentenced to three-year prison term in a special home by the Juvenile Justice Board.
Following is the chronology of the events in the brutal gang-rape-cum-murder case:
# Dec 16, 2012: A paramedic student was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a private bus and thrown out of the moving vehicle along with her male friend. They were admitted to Safdarjung Hospital.
# Dec 17: Police identified four accused — the bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta.
# Dec 18: Ram Singh and three others were arrested.
# Dec 20: Victim’s friend testifies.
# Dec 21: Delinquent juvenile nabbed from Anand Vihar bus terminal in Delhi.
Victim’s friend identifies Mukesh as one of the culprits.
Police conducts raids in Haryana and Bihar to nab the sixth accused, Akshay Thakur.
# Dec 22: Thakur arrested in Aurangabad district of Bihar.
Victim records statement before the SDM in hospital.
# Dec 23: Protesters defy prohibitory orders, took to streets against the incident. Constable Subhash Tomar rushed to hospital with fatal injuries.
# Dec 25: Doctors term victim’s condition critical. In the meantime, constable Tomar succumbs to injuries.
# Dec 26: Government decides to take victim to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital following a cardiac arrest.
# Dec 29: Victim succumbs to injuries and other medical conditions at 2:15 am.
Police adds murder charge in the FIR.
# Jan 2, 2013: CJI Altamas Kabir inaugurates fast track court (FTC) for speedy trial in the case.
# Jan 3: Police files charge sheet against five adult accused for offences including murder, gang-rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences and dacoity etc.
# Jan 5: Court takes cognisance of the charge sheet.
# Jan 7: Court orders in-camera proceedings.
# Jan 17: FTC starts proceedings against five adult accused.
# Jan 28: JJB says minority of an accused is proved.
# Feb 2: FTC frames charges against five adult accused.
# Feb 28: JJB frames charges against the minor.
# Mar 11: Ram Singh commits suicide in Tihar jail.
# Mar 22: Delhi HC allows national media to report FTC proceedings.
# Jul 5: Inquiry (trial) in JJB against juvenile in gang-rape-cum-murder case and robbery matter concludes. JJB to pronounce verdict on July 11.
# Jul 8: FTC completes recording of testimonies of prosecution witnesses in the case.
# Jul 11: JJB defers to July 25 its verdict in the case against the minor.
JJB holds minor guilty of illegally confining and robbing a carpenter on December 16 night before allegedly taking part in the gang-rape.
# Jul 25: JJB again defers to August 5 the verdict in gang-rape-cum-murder case after a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court seeking fresh interpretation of term “juvenile“.
# Jul 31: SC asks JJB not to pronounce verdict in the case till it decides the PIL of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.
# Aug 5: JJB defers verdict to August 19 pursuant to apex court’s direction.
# Aug 14: SC reserves order on maintainability of Swamy’s PIL.
# Aug 19: JJB again defers verdict to August 31.
# Aug 22: SC allows JJB to pronounce its verdict in the December 16 gang-rape-cum-murder case involving the minor.
# Aug 31, 2013: JJB convicts the minor for gang-rape and murder and awards three years term at a probation home.
# Sept 10, 2013: A fast-track court convicts four accused on all 13 counts of offence; quantum of punishment to be announced on September 11 (Wednesday).
(With PTI inputs)
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