NEW DELHI -- A special court has begun hearing testimony in the trial of five men charged with the fatal gang rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi.

Indian media reported that one of the first to testify Tuesday was the victim's male friend, who was attacked along with her on the bus.

The five suspects have been indicted on 13 charges including gang rape, murder and abduction. If convicted, they could face the death penalty.

A sixth suspect will be tried in a juvenile court and could face a maximum sentence of three years in a reform facility.

The brutal attack set off nationwide protests about India's treatment of women and spurred the government to hurry through a new package of laws to protect them.