The five suspects in the gang rape of a woman in India are scheduled to appear in court on Monday, and a sixth suspect is awaiting charges, reports CNN.
The suspects will appear in a so-called “fast-track” court in a southern New Delhi district, a Metropolitan Magistrates’ Court said, according to CNN’s sister network, CNN-IBN.
Fast-track courts expedite cases in a court system bogged down by red tape.
Five men were charged Thursday in a New Delhi court with murder, rape and kidnapping.
Authorities were waiting for the outcome of a bone marrow test before deciding whether a sixth suspect in the attack will be charged as a juvenile or an adult.
The victim, an unnamed woman, died from organ failure after sustaining multiple injuries when she was gang raped by several men on a moving bus in New Delhi on Dec. 16. A friend who was with the 23-year-old student during the attack said that he pleaded with her aggressors, who included the driver of the bus, to stop and was beaten himself, according to CNN.
The driver made lewd remarks and five other men taunted the couple and locked the doors, he said in a telephone interview with Agence France-Presse from a town in Uttar Pradesh state.
“They hit me with a small stick and dragged my friend to a seat near the driver’s cabin,” the man said. Then the “driver and the other men raped my friend and hit her in the worst possible ways in the most private parts of her body.”
The driver used an iron bar in the attack, he told the news agency. The friend said he suffered a broken leg.