Four men found guilty of fatally raping a young woman on a bus have been condemned to death by hanging.
The brutal attack in Delhi last December caused shockwaves in India and there were widespread calls for the attackers to be executed.
The victim’s mother had appealed for justice saying: “It is justified that after the entire society considered our daughter as their own daughter, so if the country’s daughter gets justice, the entire country will get justice.”
The victim, a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist, and her male friend were lured onto a bus by five men and a teenager. She was repeatedly raped and tortured with a metal bar. Her injuries were so severe that she died two weeks later.
The judge who convicted the men of gang rape and “cold blooded” murder earlier this week rejected pleas for a lighter sentence.
A fifth man who had been arrested in connection with the crime. committed suicide in prison in March. The teenager was sentenced to three years in a reformatory, the maximum punishment permitted under Indian law for a minor
The ruling must still be ratified by the Delhi High Court, and the four men can appeal the decision, a process that could take years.