Delhi Gang-Rape Trial Begins

    Activists from different women organizations shout slogan against government during a protest, in New Delhi, India, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Scores of protesters have gathered near India's parliament house to protest a new law which they say is inadequate to deter all forms of sexual violence against women. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

    Activists from women organizations in New Delhi on Monday. (Manish Swarup/AP),Manish Swarup

    The first of 80 witnesses scheduled to testify on the Delhi gang-rape case took the stand Tuesday in Saket District Court, where five men are standing trial for the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman. If convicted of the 13 charges, the five defendants could face the death penalty. The witness arrived with the victim’s male friend, who remains in a wheelchair following the injuries he sustained. Neither can be named for legal reasons. After more than a month of riots calling for increased protection of women in India, President Pranab Mukherjee passed sweeping legislation Sunday, which included allowing the death penalty to be employed in “extreme cases.”

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