Four Men Convicted in Delhi Gang Rape

Delhi Gang Rape

India got a little less rapey on Tuesday when four men were convicted in the fatal gang rape last year of a 23-year-old student in Delhi.

Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, and Pawan Gupta were accused to raping a 23-year-old student on a Delhi bus in December. The victim died 10 days later from massive internal injuries—but not before she testified against her attackers. Each of the four men were found guilty and face the death penalty.

“I convict all of the accused. They have been found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offences, destruction of evidence… and for committing the murder of the helpless victim,” Judge Yogesh Khanna pronounced. 

Sentencing will happen on Wednesday but demonstrators outside the Delhi courthouse are pushing for the death sentence over life in prison. “Hang Them! Hang Them! Hang Them!” they chanted after the verdict was passed down.

The case shocked the nation and led to huge protests across India and, eventually, stricter laws against sexual assault. But not strict enough when it comes to juveniles. The 17-year-old involved in the rape and murder was convicted and sentenced last month to only three years in a juvenile correctional facility.

The victim’s family was not impressed.

“I do not accept this verdict,” said the victim’s mother. “If three years is all that they wanted to give, why did they make us wait all this while? They could have given it earlier.”

But they are quite pleased with the latest “adult” verdict.

“We are happy with the conviction. Now we expect the judge to sentence all of them to death,” the victim’s father told Indian media after the verdict.

We will get complete closure only if all the accused are wiped off from the face of the earth. This is what they did to our daughter most brutally.”

The sixth man involved – the bus driver – gave himself a head start and hung himself in a Delhi jail back in March. If only the others would follow suit instead of vowing to appeal the convictions to a higher court. Won’t anyone think of the taxpayer dollars!?

In other depressing rape news, a United Nations survey released today reports that nearly a quarter of men in Asia have admitted to raping at least one woman. While rape was particularly common within relationships, one in 10 men also admitted raping a woman who was not their partner. Why? The number one reason was “sexual entitlement”. The number two reason? Entertainment.

Via: BBC News

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