some justice, but the whole thing is still sad.
4 Sentenced to Death in Rape Case That Riveted India
By ELLEN BARRY and BETWA SHARMA
Published: September 13, 2013
NEW DELHI — Four men convicted of a brutal gang rape were sentenced Friday to die by hanging, a decision met with satisfaction on the part of the victim’s parents and triumphant cheers from the crowd outside the courthouse, where some held up makeshift nooses and pictures of hanging bodies.
The four men — a fruit vendor, a bus attendant, a gym handyman and an unemployed man — were found guilty on Tuesday of raping a young woman on a moving bus last December, penetrating her with a metal rod and inflicting grave internal injuries, then dumping her on the roadside.
The country was riveted by the story of the woman, who died of her injuries two weeks later, and tens of thousands of people flooded the streets to demand tougher policing and prosecution of sex crimes.
But until the last minute it was unclear whether this would lead to death sentences in a country where liberal and populist impulses have strained against one another for decades, reserving the death sentences for “the rarest of rare cases.” News of the decision was met with a wave of jubilation on the street outside.
“This is the beginning of freedom for Indian women today,” said Raman Deep Kaur, 38, a cosmetologist. “Today we are free, because these men are going to be killed.”
It is far from clear, however, that the four men will be executed in the near future — or at all. The order must be confirmed by India’s High Court, and the condemned may appeal the ruling to the High Court, Supreme Court and the president, a process that can drag on for many years.
Though there are 477 people on death row in India, only three have been executed in the last nine years.