Delhi rapists get death penalty

Four men convicted for the brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman on a Delhi bus last December have been sentenced to the death penalty.

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Protesters celebrate after Delhi rape men sentenced

Protesters celebrated outside the court where four men were today sentenced to death for raping and murdering a 23-year-old student in India's capital Delhi.

A protester holds a banner displayed "India win" outside the court. Credit: Reuters
Demonstrators rejoice at the sentencing of the men for the rape and murder of the victim who has been symbolically named "Damini". Credit: Reuters/Adnan Abidi

The four men sentenced to death over Delhi gang rape

Photographs have been released of four men sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in India's capital Delhi, last year.

Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Akshay Thakur and Vinay Sharma were found guilty of rape and murder in a Delhi district court on Tuesday.

Mukesh Singh Credit: REX/Indian Photo Agency
Pawan Gupta Credit: REX/Indian Photo Agency
Akshay Thakur Credit: REX/Indian Photo Agency
Vinay Sharma Credit: REX/Indian Photo Agency

Victim's mother: 'I can take a sigh of relief now'

Reuters Correspondent Sruthi Gottipati is reporting from the Delhi court where four men have been given the death penalty for the gang rape and murder of a young women.

She has tweeted reaction from the victim's parents:

Amnesty India: Death penalty is never the answer

The rape and murder of the young woman in Delhi last year was a horrific crime and our deepest sympathy goes out to the victim’s family. Those responsible must be punished, but the death penalty is never the answer.

There is no evidence that the death penalty is a particular deterrent to crime, and its use will not eradicate violence against women in India.

Addressing this issue requires legal reform, but also sustained commitment by the authorities to ensure that the justice system responds effectively at all levels to reports of rape and other forms of sexual violence.

– Tara Rao, Director of Amnesty International India

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Teen received three year sentence for Delhi gang rape

The teenager pictured outside court with his head covered by a blanket Credit: Reuters

In August, a teenager was sentenced for three years for his part in the gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in Delhi, last December.

The defendant - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was 17 at the time of the attack and was tried as a minor in a juvenile court.

Today, four men have received death sentences for the same attacks. A fifth man who had been facing trial was found dead in his cell in March.

Defence lawyers to appeal Delhi rape death sentences

A police bus carrying four men pictured arriving at a court in Delhi today Credit: Reuters

Defence lawyers for four men who have received the death penalty for the gang rape and murder of a woman in Delhi have said they will appeal.

The death sentence must be confirmed by the Delhi's High court, and the men can appeal all the way to the Supreme Court, Reuters reports.

Judge: 'Exemplary punishment' had to be given

The judge that sentenced four Indian men to death for the brutal rape and murder for a young woman last year, said:

In these times, when crime against women is on the rise, courts cannot turn a blind eye towards such gruesome crime.

This has shocked the collective conscience of society. Exemplary punishment has to be given.

– Judge Yogesh Khanna
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