New Delhi, Jan 1: The post-mortem report of the 23-year-old woman, who died after fighting grave injuries caused by brutal rape and assault for two weeks in a Singapore hospital, is expected on Tuesday. The report will supplement the case by the Delhi Police, which has prepared a 1,000-page chargesheet. The police will submit the chargesheet in a Delhi court on Thursday.
The police, it is learnt, has cited as many as 30 witnesses, including the doctors who treated the victim, both in Delhi and at the Singapore hospital. A key testimony lies in the statement given by the software engineer, who was accompanying the woman on the fateful night of December 16. She was raped and assaulted by six drunk men in a moving private bus while his friend was beaten up. Both were later dumped on the streets. The couple was planning to get married soon, said the woman's neighbours.
The woman, while undergoing treatment at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital, gave her testimony to two different judges. Her account, although was not video-taped, but will be used as the most important evidence during the trial. The government and the Delhi High Court have promised daily hearings to ensure that the verdict is reached fast.
Police sources said the chargesheet has been thoroughly examined by legal experts and that the police will seek death penalty for the six accused. One of the accused is a minor and hence can not be tried in court. A report will be provided to the Juvenile Justice Board and it will handle his case.
The country witnessed a huge uproar over the gangrape incident and particularly, the activists pointed out the necessity of fast-track trials for rape cases as it is perceieved that a slow legal system allows the criminals to escape punishment.