Four Sentenced to Death for Fatal Gang Rape of Student in India

I have never been a huge fan of the death sentence and please don’t get me wrong. It is not because I am this kind hearted person who feels everyone deserves a second chance but rather because I feel its way too kind for some of the crimes people knowingly choose to commit. Life in prison on the other hand is a looong and tortuous existence with no out until you eventually die of natural courses, commit suicide, or get killed by someone as base you are.

However, if the state sanctioned killing of these low lifes will give the parents of the victim some closure, then of course so be it.

For those who might need a reminder, the gang initially comprised 6 young men, one of who was found hanged in his cell earlier this year, while the other got off with a 3 year sentence which most considered a slap on the wrist. The remaining 4 are the ones who have had the misfortune of receiving the full wrath of the law.

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As the judge sentenced the four men convicted in the gang rape and murder of a New Delhi woman, one of the four wailed in the courtroom.

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Indian students of Saint Joseph Degree college participate in an anti-rape protest in Hyderabad on September 13, 2013.   The judge hearing the case of four men convicted for a shocking gang rape on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012 sentenced them to death. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAMNOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images

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Indian students of Saint Joseph Degree college participate in an anti-rape protest.

NEW DELHI (AP) — A judge Friday sentenced to death the four men convicted in the December gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows for a brutal attack on a moving bus that left the young woman with such severe internal injuries that she died two weeks later.

Handing down the sentence, Judge Yogesh Khanna said that “courts cannot turn a blind eye” to such crimes, saying the attack “shocked the collective conscience” of India.

Handing down the sentence, the judge said the attack 'shocked the collective conscience' of India.

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Handing down the sentence, the judge said the attack ‘shocked the collective conscience’ of India.

One of the four, 20-year-old Vinay Sharma, broke down as the sentence was read, his wail filling the tiny courtroom. Sharma was an assistant at a gym and the only one of the attackers to graduate from high school.

Delhi policemen stand guard as they secure a gate after protesters broke through a police barrier and entered the court complex demanding the death penalty for the four men convicted in the fatal gang.

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Delhi policemen stand guard as they secure a gate after protesters broke through a police barrier and entered the court complex demanding the death penalty for the four men convicted in the fatal gang.

The sentence must be confirmed by India’s High Court. The men can appeal their case to the Supreme Court, and ask the president for clemency.

 

The case provoked outcry across India.

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The case provoked outcry across India.

The victim’s family, along with numerous politicians and government officials, had long called for the men to be executed.

“I am very happy our girl has got justice,” said the victim’s father, who cannot be named under Indian laws guarding his daughter’s identity as a rape victim. The case has been closely followed across India, seen as a reflection on rampant mistreatment of women and the government’s inability to deal with crime.

Protesters shout slogans demanding the death penalty outside the New Delhi court.

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Protesters shout slogans demanding the death penalty outside the New Delhi court.

The victim's had parents begged for the 'cold-blooded' killers' execution.

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The victim’s had parents begged for the ‘cold-blooded’ killers’ execution.

A police van believed to be carrying the four convicts arrives at the Delhi Saket court complex.

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A police van believed to be carrying the four convicts arrives at the Delhi Saket court complex.

The four can still appeal their sentence to the India's Supreme Court.

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The four can still appeal their sentence to the India’s Supreme Court.

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