Doubts raised about fairness of Delhi rape trial

By the Associated Press | January 25, 2013 | 3:32 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — In the court of public opinion, the men being tried in the gang rape of an Indian university student should be hanged in public.

That demand for swift justice might make it impossible for them to get a fair trial in a court of law.

A local bar association stopped its members from representing the men citing the heinous nature of the crime. The three outside lawyers who have rushed in to represent the accused have spent more time fighting each other than putting up a defense.

And the case is being heard by a brand new — but closed-door — fast track court, set up in the wake of the rape to deal with sexual assaults in the capital, that is under pressure to reach a verdict within weeks.