Lawyers Refuse To Defend Delhi Gang Rape Six
Lawyers at a court hearing the case in which six men stand accused of a fatal gang-rape which shocked India have refused to defend them.
Sanjay Kumar, a lawyer and a member of the Saket district bar council, told AFP:
We have decided that no lawyer will stand up to defend the rape accused as it would be immoral to defend the case.
That means none of the 2,500 advocates registered under the Saket district bar council will touch the case.
A 1,000 charge sheet is set to be read in the case in which a 23 year-old woman succumbed to injuries after a 13-day struggle as a result of the gruesome rape. She was repeatedly raped and violated with an iron bar on a bus on 16 December before being thrown from the moving vehicle at the end of a 40-minute ordeal. The crime resulted in protests all over India calling for tougher action against rape in the country.
Five of the men will be charged with rape, murder and kidnapping while the sixth might be tried in juvenile court subject to an age test carried via bone marrow.
It is not the first time that lawyers have refused to defend someone on moral grounds. In 2008 lawyers refused to defend the Mumbai gunman who killed 166 people. He was executed last year. He had been represented by a government-appointed lawyer.
Must be hard being that government appointed lawyer.
With information from the Times of India