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Celebrations in India after rape and murder case death sentences

Celebrations in India after rape and murder case death sentences
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The death sentences passed down in India on four men who raped, tortured and murdered a woman in Delhi last year have been welcomed by politicians and activists.

Outside the court chanting protesters staged a mock hanging of the perpetrators.

Many see justice as being done after the horrific crime which shocked the country.

“I would like to congratulate all the ordinary men and women who took to the streets in protest after the rape, I am distributing sweets to them. Truth has triumphed over evil, it’s a triumph for justice, a triumph for ordinary people and a triumph for Damini,” said a young woman.

Damini was the nickname given to the 23-year-old victim, who was attacked on a bus in a December and died two weeks later.

She had been making her way home from a cinema with a male friend when she was set upon.

Last month a teenager was sentenced to three months detention – the maximum possible due to his age.

Earlier this year another accused man was found dead in his cell.

“Now we are taking this opportunity of a verdict that has come in such a short time. It should open up possibilities for everyone who experiences sexual violence in the country. How to make this justice available to all should be our main concern now,” said Kavita Krishnan, Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association.

The case brought tougher laws on rape and a national debate on gender crime.

The victim’s father said he was satisfied with the ruling. International human rights groups said the death sentences would not end violence against women in India.

Lawyers for the men say they will appeal: the process could take years.