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Jan 13, 2013

Defendants’ lawyers in the spotlight in Delhi gang rape case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a grubby room, one wall lined with legal tomes, a father and his son leaf through thick case files in preparation for the trial of their lives – defending the main accused in a gang-rape that outraged India and caused shock waves around the world.

The small New Delhi legal firm, with its headquarters in a cramped office above a local bank, has been thrust into the international spotlight after being appointed to represent bus driver Ram Singh.

Jan 13, 2013

Defendants’ lawyers in the spotlight in Indian rape case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a grubby room, one wall lined with legal tomes, a father and his son leaf through thick case files in preparation for the trial of their lives – defending the main accused in a gang-rape that outraged India and caused shock waves around the world.

The small New Delhi legal firm, with its headquarters in a cramped office above a local bank, has been thrust into the international spotlight after being appointed to represent bus driver Ram Singh.

Jan 11, 2013

India rape accused hunted victim, aimed to kill: police

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The gang of men charged with the rape and murder of an Indian physiotherapy student deliberately tried to find a woman to rape and kill and ended the night with blood on their clothes, a police report seen by Reuters said.

Five men, along with a teenager who says he is under 18, gathered for dinner at a dwelling in a south Delhi slum on the evening of December 16 and there hatched the plot to find a target, according to the dossier given to court by the prosecution.

Jan 11, 2013

Rape accused hunted victim, aimed to kill – police

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The gang of men charged with the rape and murder of a physiotherapy student deliberately tried to find a woman to rape and kill and ended the night with blood on their clothes, a police report seen by Reuters said.

Five men, along with a teenager who says he is under 18, gathered for dinner at a dwelling in a south Delhi slum on the evening of December 16 and there hatched the plot to find a target, according to the dossier given to court by the prosecution.

Jan 9, 2013

Asaram Bapu’s view on Delhi rape raises anger, but shared by many

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Comments by spiritual leader Asaram Bapu that a gang rape victim shared blame for her assault disgusted many in a country shaken by the crime, but his view represents a deep streak of chauvinism shared by a broad swathe of a society in transition.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student and a male companion were left bleeding on a highway after she was raped and beaten on a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16. She died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital from internal injuries.

Jan 9, 2013

Guru’s view on Indian rape raises anger, but shared by many

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Comments by an Indian spiritual leader that a gang-rape victim shared blame for her assault disgusted many in a country shaken by the crime, but his view represents a deep streak of chauvinism shared by a broad swathe of a society in transition.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student and a male companion were left bleeding on a highway after she was raped and beaten on a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16. She died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital from internal injuries.

Jan 6, 2013

Activists wary as India rushes to justice after gang rape

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – It’s no surprise the Indian street wants faster, harsher justice for sexual crimes after a horrific gang rape that rocked the nation, but some activists worry the government will trample fundamental rights in its rush to be in tune with popular rage.

Last month’s rape of a physiotherapy student on a moving bus and her death on December 28 in hospital triggered a national debate about how to better protect women in India, where official data shows one rape is reported on average every 20 minutes.

Jan 6, 2013

Indian rape victim’s father says he wants her named

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The father of an Indian student whose brutal rape provoked a global outcry said he wanted her name made public so she could be an inspiration to victims of sexual assault, in comments that may pressure authorities to allow her identity to be revealed.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student died on December 28 in a Singapore hospital, two weeks after a gang rape on a moving bus in New Delhi that ignited protests across India and neighboring countries, and prompted government promises for tougher punishments for offenders.

Jan 4, 2013

“Nobody helped us for an hour:” Indian rape witness

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Police and passers-by left a gang-raped Indian student lying unclothed and bleeding in the street for almost an hour, a male friend who was attacked with her said on Friday in his first public comments on the case that provoked a global outcry.

The 23-year-old student died in hospital two weeks after she was attacked on December 16 in a private bus in New Delhi, a city dubbed India’s ‘rape capital’.

Dec 19, 2012

Amid China tensions, Southeast Asia looks to India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The dozens of vehicles that roared into northeast India this week on a rally from Indonesia symbolize deeper ties between the South Asian giant and Southeast Asia, but the dreadful roads along several parts of the 8,000 km (5,000 mile) journey also show how much remains to be done.

The caravan crossed jungles and mountains in eight nations before reaching the remote Indian state of Manipur, bordering Myanmar, in an event promoting a high-level meeting between India and leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in New Delhi on Thursday and Friday.