08:17, January 07 254 0 theguardian.com

2020-01-07 08:17:18
Four men convicted of bus gang-rape in Delhi sentenced to death

A death warrant has been issued for the four men convicted over the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus that galvanised protests across India and brought global attention to the country’s sexual violence epidemic.

A court in the city scheduled the hangings for 22 January, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

The warrant has been anticipated since the supreme court rejected one of the men’s final review pleas last month. India’s president can still intercede but that is not expected to happen.

The victim, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student identified as Nirbhaya (Fearless) in Indian media, was heading home from a cinema with a male friend when six men lured them on to a bus. With no one else in sight, they beat the man with a metal bar, raped the woman and used the bar to inflict massive internal injuries. The pair were dumped naked on the roadside, and the woman died two weeks later.

The assailants were tried relatively quickly in a country where sexual assault cases often languish for years. Four defendants were sentenced to death. Another hanged himself in prison before his trial began, though his family say he was killed. The sixth assailant was a minor at the time of the attack and was sentenced to three years in a reform institution.