Four men found guilty of the murder and gang rape of a young student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012 have been sentenced to death by the court.
Four men found guilty of the murder and gang rape of a young student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012 have been sentenced to death by the court. The attack sparked mass protests across India and triggered the introduction of tough new anti-rape laws.
The parents of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student have been at the forefront of calls for the men, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma, to be sentenced to death over the attack.
A juvenile has already been sentenced to three years in a correctional facility, while a fifth adult defendant, bus driver Ram Singh, was found hanging in his prison cell in March while awaiting trial.
The victim and her companion had watched a movie that evening and they had boarded a private bus on their way back home. But rather than taking them home, the six accused projected them to a horrifying 45-minute ordeal that ended with both of them thrown out of the bus, virtually unconscious and naked.
The young woman, who was repeatedly raped and then violated with an iron rod, died of her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.