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 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."
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