Delhi Gang Rape: Sixth Suspect Will Stand Trial As A Juvenile As Court Accepts He Is 17

The sixth man suspected of taking part in the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on board a bus in Delhi will be tried as a juvenile, it has been confirmed.

The Juvenile Justice Board says it accepts the unnamed man is 17-years-old, the BBC reports.

Under Indian law juveniles cannot be prosecuted for murder. If convicted he faces a maximum of three years in a reform facility.

The case has shocked India and pushed the treatment of women to the top of the social agenda

Five men have already been formally charged with the abduction, gang rape and murder. They are Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur.

The men are accused of a brutal attack that took place on December 16.

The media was barred from reporting and publishing the proceedings after Delhi Police filed an application for in-camera proceedings, The Indian Express reported.

A police report seen by the Hindustan Times alleges the youngest suspect "extracted her intestine with his bare hands and suggested she be thrown off the moving vehicle devoid of her clothes."