Timeline of events: The Delhi gang rape case

September 8, 2013

In December last year, a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist died two weeks after she was gang-raped and mutilated in a moving bus in Delhi, raising questions over women’s safety in the capital and sparking debates over their treatment in India.

Here is a timeline of key events in the case:

December 16:  A 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist is beaten, raped for almost an hour and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi by six people. Her male friend, a software engineer, is beaten with a metal rod.

December 17-22: The woman remains in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. Police arrest suspects. Hundreds of students and activists block roads in Delhi and march to the president’s palace, breaking through police barricades. Police use batons, tear gas and water cannon to turn back protestors, who demand the death penalty for the accused and safety assurances for women.

December 23: The government moves to stamp out the protests, banning gatherings of more than five people. About 30 to 35 people, including a few policemen, suffer injuries.

December 24: Authorities shut roads and metro stations in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appeals for calm in a televised address.

December 26: Victim is flown to Singapore for treatment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital. She is in “an extremely critical condition,” a doctor says the next day.

December 28: The condition of the victim deteriorates and signs emerge that her vital organs have failed.

December 29: The victim dies of her injuries in Singapore. PM Singh says he is deeply saddened by her death, and pledges to channel emotions surrounding the case into action. Six suspects are charged with murder after the victim’s death.

December 30: The victim’s body arrives in New Delhi. Protesters rally peacefully in the capital and other cities to keep the pressure on the government to get tougher on crimes against women.

January 3: The father of the victim demands that those responsible be hanged and calls for new legislation on sex crimes to be named in honour of his daughter. Five men are formally charged and a sixth accused was due to be tried separately in a juvenile court.

January 23: A panel headed by justice J.S. Verma rejects the idea of the death penalty for rape cases, and says India needs to implement existing laws to prevent rape.

January 28: A special panel rules that the teenager accused of taking part in the Dec. 16 gang rape will be tried as a juvenile, facing a maximum of three years in prison if convicted.

February 2: The five adult accused plead not guilty to charges they raped and murdered the trainee physiotherapist. On February 28 the teenager also pleads not guilty.

March 11: The man police say was the ringleader in the case hangs himself in his cell, raising questions about jail monitoring and security.

March 21: India approves a tougher new anti-rape law to punish sex crimes, including death for repeat rape offenders.

August 31:  The teenager is sentenced to three years in juvenile detention, the first verdict in the December gang rape case.

September 10: Four men are found guilty of murder and  gang rape among other offences.

September 13: All four convicts sentenced to death by a court in New Delhi.


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