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Feb 02, 2013 at 01:45pm IST

Delhi gangrape-murder: Fast-track court to frame charges against five accused today

New Delhi: A fast-track court in Delhi will frame charges against the five accused in the brutal Delhi gangrape case on Saturday. A month since the chargesheet was filed, arguments have been concluded both by the prosecution as well as the defence lawyers.

The prosecution has asked for the accused to be charged under 13 sections of the IPC including murder, gangrape, robbery and conspiracy. Once the court frames charges, the trial will technically begin.

The sixth accuse in the case has been declared a minor by the Juveline Justice Board and he will now be tried under the Juvenile Justice laws.

Meanwhile, the family of Delhi braveheart has sought an appointment with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to apprise her of their woes and demands. The father of the girl told PTI on phone that he has sought an appointment with Gandhi.

Her office has asked the family to wait for some time in keeping with her pressing commitments, he said. The family is unhappy over the Juvenile Justice Board's decision on the sixth accused, but have full faith that despite him being ruled as a minor, he would also get sternest of punishments, he said.

The father of the girl said he was seeking advice of legal experts on the decision of the Juvenile Justice Board but was yet to decide whether to go to court in this connection. The family would try to ensure that the court takes this act as an exception and pronounce sternest of punishments to the accused. Her father said he found himself helpless before the law.

The Juvenile Justice Board had said the sixth accused, described as the most brutal by the Delhi Police in its charge sheet, was a "minor" and this could enable him to walk free by June 4 this year when he attains the age of 18 years.

The brother of the deceased said just as the central and Delhi governments initiated steps on rape cases following mass protests and agitations, there should also be efforts for awarding capital punishment for minor offenders in rape cases. He also took exception to media running news of his sister's love affair.

(With additional information from PTI)

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