The first verdict has been handed down on one of the five surviving perpetrators of the Delhi bus rape last December which shocked India and the world.
The youngest defendant, 17 at the time of the crime, has been found guilty of rape and murder and given the maximum three years in a juvenile detention centre, despite the fact he is now 18. His four co-accused face the death penalty if found guilty. A fifth man, identified as the ringleader, hanged himself in prison in March. The family of the victim, who died as a result of her wounds, says three years is not enough.
“We are not happy. We want him to be hanged because he committed an adult crime, so he should get an adult, not a juvenile punishment,” said the victim’s mother, Asha Singh.
The rape sparked huge protests and turned the global spotlight on India, where police say a rape is reported every 20 minutes. In response to the public outcry the government introduced tougher sex-crime laws, but did not return the age for adult crimes to 16.