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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Four men receive death penalty for Delhi gang rape

The four men were convicted at a court in New Delhi Credit: Reuters

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

Judge Yogesh Khanna, rejected lawyers' pleas for a lighter sentence for Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh who were convicted on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old victim and a male friend were attacked as after they were lured onto an off-duty bus. They were later dumped on the roadside.

She woman later died in a Singapore hospital from internal injuries on the 29 December.

Judge to sentence gang rape killers

A judge in India is expected to sentence four men for the fatal rape and murder of a young woman on a New Delhi bus last December.

The men were convicted on Tuesday, and the prosecutor and others are calling for the men to be executed. Judge Yogesh Khanna said he would hand down the sentences today.

Policemen sit inside a vehicle carrying four men convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman on a bus last year. Credit: Reuters

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Defence requests life imprisonment in gang rape case

A defence lawyer has urged the judge to hand sentences of life imprisonment to four men convicted over the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a bus in Delhi.

V.K. Sharma noted that Indian law calls for execution only in very exceptional cases.

The four men arrived at the Delhi district court in this police vehicle. Credit: RTV

The men's lawyers have long said they are innocent and claimed that any confessions had been coerced by police.

Public prosecutor Dayan Krishna has called for the death penalty, saying the crime had shocked India's "collective conscience."

Prosecutor seeks death penalty in Delhi gang rape case

Public prosecutor Dayan Krishna told a Delhi court that all four men convicted of the rape and murder of a young woman attacked on a bus last December should face the death penalty.

Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh were found guilty of rape and murder yesterday.

The four men were convicted at this court in Delhi yesterday. Credit: RTV

Judge Yogesh Khanna has started hearing arguments from the prosecution and defence at a sentencing hearing. He may deliver the sentence later in the day or defer the decision.

A fifth suspect died after hanging himself in his jail cell.

Another defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 17 at the time of the attack and tried as a minor. He was sentenced to three years at a juvenile detention centre at the end of August.

Rapist protests innocence on way to sentencing

One of the men convicted in the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi last December has called out his innocence as a police van he was riding in pulled into courthouse where he and three other men are due to be sentenced.

It is unclear which of the men were shouting, but witnesses assembled outside said they heard repeated shouts as the van drove past. The voice was heard saying:

I am innocent! I am innocent! I am innocent!

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Death sentence 'inevitable' in Delhi gang rape trial

An Indian government minster has said four men found guilty yesterday of the gang-rape and murder of a woman in Delhi last year will be hanged, The Guardian reports. The shocking brutality of the attack horrified the country and prompted hundreds of protests.

Protesters outside court yesterday in New Delhi. Credit: Reuters/Adnan Abidi

The shocking brutality of the attack horrified the country and prompted hundreds of protests. Speaking after the verdict, but before sentencing later today, Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters:

"We have strengthened the law. [The] death penalty is assured in this case."

Protesters: Gang rape case 'a wake-up call for India'

Dozens of protesters gathered outside a court in India today as four men were convicted of all charges over the fatal gang rape of a women on a Delhi bus last December.

The demonstrators called the case "a wake-up call for India" and demanded the death penalty for the men.

Two protesters stand with blind folds and a rope outside the court where the four men were found guilty. Credit: RTV

"Every girl at any age experiences this - harassment or rape. We don't feel safe," a law school graduate told the Associated Press. "That's why we're here. We want this case to be an example for every other case that has been filed and will be filed."

The Indian government reformed some of its laws on sexual violence after the case set off waves of protests across the country.

Four men guilty of all charges in Delhi gang rape case

Four men have been convicted of the rape and murder of a young woman who was gang raped on a bus in Delhi last December.

Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh are due to be sentenced tomorrow.

The four men have now left court in a police vehicle. Credit: RTV

The verdicts cap a seven-month trial that was often held behind closed doors and punctuated by the death of a fifth suspect, who hanged himself in his jail cell.

Another defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 17 at the time of the attack and tried as a minor. He was sentenced to three years at a juvenile detention centre at the end of August.

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