Finally, death sentence has been issued for the four men convicted in the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman on a New Delhi bus that stir up protests across India and brought global attention to the country’s sexual violence epidemic
The victim, a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern Jyoti Singh was beaten, gang raped, and tortured in a private bus in which she was travelling with her friend, Awindra Pratap Pandey. There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and beat her friend with a metal bar and used the bar to inflict massive internal injuries to her and dumped them naked on the roadside. Subsequently, the woman died two weeks later.
The assailants were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder. One of the accused, Ram Singh, died in police custody from possible suicide on 11 March 2013 in the Tihar Jail.The sixth assailant was a minor at the time of the December 2012 attack. Though he was convicted of rape and murder and given the maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment in a reform facility on 10th September, 2013. The four remaining adult defendants were also found guilty of rape and murder, and were sentenced to death by hanging.
A New Delhi court scheduled the hangings for Jan. 22, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.