NEW DELHI: Five men pleaded not guilty today to charges they raped and murdered an Indian trainee physiotherapist, in a case that led to a shake-up of laws against sexual crimes after protests about a rising number of attacks on women.
Police say the gang lured the 23-year-old woman onto a bus in New Delhi, where they repeatedly raped and assaulted her with a metal bar before throwing her bleeding onto a highway.
She died of internal injuries two weeks after the Dec. 16 attack.
A sixth person police say was part of the gang that attacked the woman and her friend is a juvenile and will be tried separately.
The brutality of the attack was shocking even to a nation inured to a rising wave of sexual crimes against women.