Lawyer: Police beat New Delhi gang rape suspects

“If the parents of these boys had money, they would not be in court today,” he said. India’s court system is notorious for allowing wealthy defendants to go free, or at least delaying their trials for years.

He said his clients had all been badly beaten by authorities — a practice common for those under arrest in India — and had repeated whatever statements the police asked them to make. He said Mukesh Singh, 22, was now constantly in tears.

“He is sobbing like a child and saying ‘Get me out of here, sir,’” Sharma said.

Authorities have charged the men with murder, rape and other crimes that could bring the death penalty. A sixth suspect, who is 17 years old, is expected to be tried in a juvenile court, where the maximum sentence would be three years in a reform facility.

Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said last week that a DNA test confirmed that the blood of the victim matched blood stains found on the clothes of all the accused.

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