Amid chaos, Court Orders Closed Session For New Delhi Gang Rape Suspects

Source: Harmeet Shah Singh and Sumnima Udas / CNN

New Delhi, India – Amid heated confrontations between lawyers, a New Delhi court on Monday ordered the appearance of five men accused in the shocking rape and killing of an Indian woman last month to take place behind closed doors.

The horrific attack on the 23-year-old woman in New Delhi on December 16 has prompted angry protests over the country’s treatment of women and handling of sexual attacks. It also stirred worldwide outrage.

The suspects arrived Monday at the Metropolitan Magistrates’ Court in the southern New Delhi district of Saket amid a tense atmosphere, tight security and a heavy news media presence. The men were there to hear the charges against them.

But tempers flared inside the packed courtroom before the suspects had even appeared, with some lawyers loudly criticizing the offer by a couple of their colleagues to represent the suspects.

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