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5 face murder charges in gang-rape case in India


02:09 PM January 1st, 2013

By: Ashok Sharma, January 1st, 2013 02:09 PM

An Indian protester holds a placard during a protest against a gang rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, India, Thursday. AP

NEW DELHI — Indian police are expected to formally charge five of six suspects with murder in the death of 23-year-old woman who was raped on a moving bus in New Delhi. The sixth suspect is under 18 and a juvenile.

A police officer says they have ordered a bone test for the sixth accused to confirm his age. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Under Indian law, a juvenile cannot be prosecuted for murder.

New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said Tuesday that a charge-sheet in the case will be filed in court on Thursday.

The physiotherapy student died in a Singapore hospital where she had been sent for emergency treatment after the crime in India’s capital on December 16.

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