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From brutal gang rape to judgment day: The story that moved India

Last updated on: September 13, 2013 16:01 IST

Following is the chronology of events in the keenly watched trial of the December 16 gang rape and murder case of a 23-year-old girl in which a Delhi court on Friday awarded death penalty to the four convicts:

December 16, 2012: Paramedic student gang raped and brutally assaulted by six persons in a private bus and thrown out of the moving vehicle along with her male friend. They were admitted to Safdarjung Hospital.

December 17: Widespread protests breakout demanding strict action against the accused.

December 17: Police identifies four accused -- bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta.

December 18: Ram Singh and three others are arrested.

December 20: Victim's friend testifies.

December 21: Delinquent juvenile nabbed from Anand Vihar bus terminal in Delhi. Victim's friend identifies Mukesh as one of the culprits. Police conduct raids in Haryana and Bihar to nab the sixth accused, Akshay Thakur.

December 21-22: Thakur arrested in Aurangabad district of Bihar and brought to Delhi. Victim records statement before the SDM in hospital.

December 23: Protesters defy prohibitory orders, take to streets. Delhi Police Constable Subhash Tomar, on duty to control protests, rushed to hospital with fatal injuries.

December 25: Girl's condition declared critical. Constable Tomar succumbs to injuries.

December 26: Following a cardiac arrest, victim flown to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital by the government.

December 29: Victim succumbs to injuries and other medical conditions at 2:15 am. Police add murder charge in the FIR.

January 2, 2013: The then Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir inaugurates fast track court for speedy trial in sexual offence cases.

January 3: Police files charge-sheet against five adult accused for offences including murder, gangrape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences and dacoity etc.

January 5: Court takes cognisance of the charge-sheet.

January 7: Court orders in-camera proceedings.

January 17: Fast-track court starts proceedings against five adult accused.

January 28: JJB says minority of juvenile accused is proved.

February 2: FTC frames charges against five adult accused.

February 28: JJB frames charges against the minor.

March 11: Ram Singh commits suicide in Tihar jail.

March 22: Delhi HC allows national media to report trial court's proceedings.

July 5: Inquiry (trial) in JJB against juvenile in gang rape-cum-murder case and robbery matter concludes. JJB reserves verdict for July 11.

July 8: FTC completes recording of testimonies of prosecution witnesses.

July 11: JJB holds minor guilty of illegally confining and robbing a carpenter on December 16 night before allegedly taking part in the gang rape.

The Delhi high court allows three international news agencies to cover the trial of the case.

August 22: FTC begins hearing final arguments in trial against four adult accused.

August 31: JJB convicts the minor for gang rape and murder and awards three years term at a probation home.

September 3: FTC concludes trial. Reserves verdict.

September 10: Court convicts Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan, Mukesh of 13 offences including gangrape, unnatural offence and murder of the girl and attempt to murder her male friend.

September 11: Court fixes September 13 for pronouncing sentence after hearing arguments on quantum of punishment to be awarded.

September 13: Court awards death to all four convicts.

Image: A protester shouts slogan outside a court in New Delhi ahead of the verdict in the gang-rape case

Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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