Delhi Rape Gang To Hang

September 14, 2013 by  

Delhi Rape Gang To Hang, An Indian court has sentenced four men to death for the gang rape and murder of a student in the capital Delhi, a case which led to violent protests across India and new laws against rape.

Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta were found guilty on all counts earlier this week.

Judge Yogesh Khanna said the case fell in the “rarest of rare category”, rejecting pleas for a lighter sentence.

The woman, 23, was attacked on a bus in December and died two weeks later.

‘Justice delivered’
Throughout the day the crowd built up steadily outside the court.

Unprecedented security was in place with the road to the court barricaded by police. Inside riot police took up positions as the lawyers were escorted in.

As Judge Yogesh Khanna read out the sentence one of the defendants broke down.

As news of the sentence was relayed outside, the crowd broke into a cheer. “Justice, justice!” they chanted. Others called for the juvenile to be hanged as well.

The parents of the victim – who were present in the courtroom – said they were satisfied with the verdict and justice had been served.

On Friday, Judge Khanna said the attack “shocked the collective conscience” of India, and that “courts cannot turn a blind eye” to such crimes.

“This case definitely falls in the rarest of rare categories and warrants the exemplary punishment of death,” he added.

The men were convicted to death by hanging, and one of them, Vinay Sharma, broke down in tears as the verdict was announced.

The father of the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the family was satisfied with the ruling.

“We are very happy. Justice has been delivered,” he said in the courtroom, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Earlier, protesters outside the court had demanded that the four men should be hanged.

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