Indian court rejects appeal: Death penalty for 2012 gang rape perpetrators

The Supreme Court in India sentenced the four men who raped a 23-year-old student during a bus ride to New Delhi to be executed. The court rejected the defendants’ appeal, as they had been sentenced to the death penalty in 2013.
Protests in India in the wake of the rape Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Today (Friday), the Supreme Court in India sentenced the four men accused of the gang rape that shook the country in 2012 to be executed. The Supreme Court rejected the defendants’ appeal, upholding the death penalty they had been sentenced to in 2013.

In 2012, 23-year-old student Nirbhaya Singh was gang raped by four men on a moving bus. One week later, the young woman died from severe internal injuries.

“We are very happy that the Supreme Court has heard our voice and that they understood Nirbhaya’s pain on the matter,” said the rape victim’s father. “Along with Nirbhaya, the whole country has found justice.”

“We need to work so that the type of crime that happened to Nirbhaya will not happen again,” stated the victim’s mother. “The fight is not ours alone. This is every man’s fight. This is everyone’s fight. This is every woman’s fight.”

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