Singapore doctor deposes before fast track court in Delhi bus rape case

STORY: Doctor from Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth hospital who conducted post mortem on the 23-year-old victim of the brutal bus gang rape deposes before Delhi’s fast track court on Monday (February 25).

Defence lawyer for two of the accused in gang rape case, A.P. Singh highlighted that 31 of the 90 witnesses mentioned in the charge sheet had now been deposed before the court.

“The doctors did not come here to depose. Dr. Paul Chui of Mount Elizabeth hospital who conducted the post mortem of the victim had to depose on his report. He went through chief and cross examination on behalf of the defence counsel through video conferencing,” said Singh while interacting with mediapersons outside the Saket District Court.

A 23-year-old paramedical student was raped, beaten and tortured by six men on a moving bus in New Delhi.

Prosecutors alleged that the six accused, five men and one youth, attacked a trainee physiotherapist and her friend on a bus as they returned home from watching a movie on December 16.

The girl was repeatedly raped and tortured with a metal rod and the couple were severely beaten before being thrown on the road from the moving bus.

The victim later died of internal injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks later.

Singh also shared some details of the cross examination with the doctor, wherein the defence counsel raised doubts on whether the victim was brought to the hospital dead or alive.

“While commenting on the usage of rod in assaulting the victim the doctor said that it could be accidental and was unable to give a clear cause of death,” said Singh.

The trial of the five men opened on Tuesday (February 05) with closed-door testimony from the woman’s friend who was also attacked, appearing in court in a wheelchair, still bearing the scars of injuries from his beating.

The 28-year-old software engineer, who may not be identified, is the prosecution’s star witness in a case that has triggered nationwide protests, an intense debate about rampant crime against women in India and tougher anti-rape laws.

The five accused are Vinay Sharma, a gym assistant, Ram Singh, the bus driver, his brother Mukesh Singh, bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Singh and fruit vendor Pawan Kumar.

They have pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and murder. A sixth accused is being tried separately as a juvenile.

The prosecution says articles stolen from the couple, including their cellphones, rings and debit cards were found in raids conducted on the homes of the accused. DNA evidence and bloodstained clothes also form part of their case.