The brother of an Indian woman who died after being raped by a group of men on a bus in Delhi last December has described his sister's tormentors as "devils".
Gaurav Singh told ITV News that he is pleased the four men have been sentenced to death. "That is what they deserve and they should be hanged," he added.
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.
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.
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:
"I want to thank the court for this verdict," victim's father, who is visibly emotional, says. "I want to cry with happiness."
"It is gratifying that whole society has been with us," says victim's father after sentencing. #DelhiGangRapeVerdict
"I can take a sigh of relief now," victims mother says, hand on her heart, outside the courthouse after the #DelhiGangRape verdict.
– Tara Rao, Director of Amnesty International India
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.
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 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.
The judge that sentenced four Indian men to death for the brutal rape and murder for a young woman last year, said:
– Judge Yogesh Khanna
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.
Protesters clapped and celebrated outside a court in New Delhi after four men were sentenced to death for the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman, last December, Reuters reports.