The trial of five men accused of gang raping and murdering a young woman on a bus in India started at a fast-track court in New Delhi today.
The judge immediately ordered the media and public to leave the courtroom before the five accused were brought in wearing hoods. A sixth accused is being tried separately in a juvenile court.
A lawyer for one of the accused, Vinay Sharma, says his client was not on the bus, while the lawyer representing Mukesh Singh has argued his client cannot receive a fair trial in the capital.
There were a number of protesters outside the court calling for better law enforcement of sexual offences.
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