The six men who had gangraped and then murderously assaulted the 23-year-old paramedical student have been charged with murder following the death of the girl at a Singapore hospital early on Saturday morning. All of them have been arrested and five of them, who are above the age of 18 years, sent to Tihar Jail while the sixth accused has been sent to a judicial remand home as he has claimed that he is a minor.
The six accused are Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, Akshay Singh alias Thakur and a boy claiming to be minor. Ram Singh used to drive the bus inside which the girl was raped and beaten up with an iron rod along with her male friend who tried to save her. Ram Singh is the main accused in the case and Mukesh is his brother and used to work as a cleaner.
Vinay Sharma is an assistant gym instructor and Pawan Gupta is a fruit seller. The bus in which the horrific crime was committed was tracked down to Delhi's RK Puram, Sector 3. While Ram Singh was arrested from RK Puram, his brother Mukesh was arrested from Rajasthan. Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta were also arrested from RK Puram. Akshay Singh alias Thakur was tracked to Bihar and arrested while the minor accused was arrested from his native place in Uttar Pradesh.
The six accused are Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, Akshay Singh alias Thakur and a boy claiming to be minor.
All the accused have been charged under Indian Penal Code Sections 395 (dacoity) (imprisonment for life or rigorous imprisonment and fine), 377 (sodomy or unnatural sex) (imprisonment for life or upto 10 years and fine) 376(2)(G) (gangrape) (rigorous imprisonment from minimum 10 years to life and fine), 302 (murder) (death or imprisonment for life and fine) and 201 (destruction of evidence) (imprisonment upto 7 years and fine).
On the fateful night of December 16 the girl and her male friend had watched a movie and then while returning home boarded a private bus, after being told by the accused that it would drop them near their residence.
Both the girl and her male friend, who had boarded the chartered bus with tinted glass windows from Munirka to Palam around 9.45 PM on December 16, were assaulted with an iron rod by the men after the two resisted. The girl was then raped by the six accused before she and her friend was dumped on the road side near Mahipalpur flyover.