[Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET] A lawyer who says he's representing three of the five men charged with raping and fatally beating a woman on a New Delhi bus – a case that that prompted angry protests over the country's treatment of women – said Tuesday that he has advised his clients to plead not guilty.
"So far they have agreed to my advice, but a clearer picture will emerge by tomorrow evening," the attorney, Manohar Lal Sharma, told CNN. "I fear they might come under pressure to change their mind."
Sharma said one of those he is representing is Ram Singh, the main suspect accused in the case. The other two are Mukesh Singh and Akshay Thakur, he said.
(Editor's note: The initial post incorrectly said that Sharma urged his clients to plead guilty.)
Reprehensible crime. Just...awful.
I hope this is in order to get them maximum sentence of death when they are convicted.Everyone knows if the ruling turns out any other way the backfire from the Indians will be greater.
Why dont crime stop...its so awful and harsh
Crime should stop now its so hurtful to family and friends
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