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Court lifts media ban on Delhi gang-rape trial
March 22, 2013 , 10 : 10 am
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Six men with their faces covered, accused of a gang rape in Punjab are escorted by police to a court at Gurdaspur in the northern Indian state of Punjab. India approved a tougher new law to punish sex crimes. Photo - REUTERS
An Indian court overturned a gagging order on Friday preventing media access to the trial of four men charged with gang-raping a student on a bus in New Delhi last December, a prosecutor said. "The Delhi High Court has put safeguards in place and allowed one journalist from an accredited national news daily to sit in court proceedings of the December 16 gang-rape case," Dayan Krishnan, the special prosecutor in the trial, told reports.
"We are fine with that because of the safeguards. "The court has also put restrictions on what can be reported by the journalist. They cannot report anything about the victim or her family, which is what we were worried about," Krishnan explained.
The December 16 gang-rape of the student, who was returning home from a cinema, shocked India and has led to months of soul-searching, tough new laws on rape and global attention on the country's endemic sex crime problem.
Five men and a juvenile were arrested shortly after the crime and they have been charged with gang-rape, robbery and murder following the death of the 23-year-old victim who succumbed to horrific internal injuries. One of the suspects, the alleged ring-leader and driver of the bus used in the assault, committed suicide while in prison on March 11.
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