UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — An Indian court on Tuesday ordered the execution of four men on January 22 after they were convicted of a mass rape of a student at the University of Delhi and killed in 2012.
Six people were initially charged with participating in a brutal crime that occurred in a bus, but one of them was released shortly after his detention due to the fact that he was a minor, while another committed suicide while awaiting trial.
On Tuesday, Delhi court judge Satish Kumar ordered the execution of the four by hanging at 7 am on January 22.
The four can still appeal the ruling and file a clemency request to the Indian president.
Jyoti Singh, 23, was attacked in December 2012 while returning to her home from the cinema with a friend.
The attackers took turns raping her and violating her body with an iron bar while the bus was roaming the city’s streets. Then they threw her and her boyfriend who were severely beaten in a hole on the side of a road.
Singh died of her wounds about two weeks after the attack in Singapore, where she was transferred for specialist treatment.
Tens of thousands of Indians took to the streets in protest, and the case led to a reformulation of laws on sexual assault.
The Singh family was pleased with the ruling.
“This ruling will restore the confidence of women in the judiciary … and my daughter will finally get justice,” her mother, Asha Devi, told reporters.
As for her father, he described the ruling as “good for the whole country.”
“But the struggle will continue to do justice to many other girls who are in a similar situation across India.”
Indian media reported that the Tihar prison, where the convicts are being held, recently had an experiment on a hanging using dolls.
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