The Delhi gang rape trial is over. The four rapists accused of the sexual assault and murder of a 23-year-old student in December, have been sentenced to death by hanging according to Reuters on Friday.
India erupted into violent protests following the death of the young physiotherapy student on December 29. The victim died from a horrific gang rape while on a bus in New Delhi that caused her injuries. The police and judicial system have been under intense scrutiny for not protecting the women of the country from harsh treatment, consistent sexual harassment and assault, with most even foregoing reporting sexual violence due to the police’s lack of sensitivity.
According to Reuters Yogesh Khanna, the judge who ruled on the case, is now accused by one of the defense lawyers, A. P. Singh, of succumbing to political pressure, a fact refuted by the country’s Interior Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde.
No judicial authority can be influenced by the government.
The young woman died of severe trauma to her body that caused cardiac arrest and major brain injury. She had suffered infections of the lungs and abdomen resulting from three abdominal surgeries, which were necessitated due to the severe injuries from a metal rod used during the New Delhi gang rape. The unthinkable crime occurred on a moving bus for over an hour. The animals lured her onto the vehicle and then dumped her bleeding and naked body onto the road. Her parents are relieved by the verdict that followed the seventh month trial.
Today we can breathe a little easier. I hope the conviction will deter people from committing such crimes in future.
The way they hurt my daughter, I wanted them hurt too.
Six men participated in the gruesome Delhi gang rape. One defendant hung himself in his jail cell and another was under the age of 18 at the time of the sexual assault. During a separate trial, he received the maximum penalty under juvenile law in India, only three years.
The student’s gang rape and subsequent death have brought stricter rape laws and opened up a national gender dialogue in a country where crimes against women and young girls, such as sexual assault and molestation, are rampant.
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