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World In Rare Move, Death Sentence in Delhi Gang Rape Case Is Upheld

03:40  06 may  2017
03:40  06 may  2017 Source:   nytimes.com

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NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court upheld on Friday the death sentence for four men who were found guilty of raping and disemboweling a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in 2012, a crime that came to embody the menace lurking in India’s sprawling, chaotic cities. The decision was unusual.

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The mother of Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was raped and murdered in 2012, leaving India’s Supreme Court on Friday. © Rajat Gupta/European Pressphoto Agency The mother of Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was raped and murdered in 2012, leaving India’s Supreme Court on Friday.

NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court upheld on Friday the death sentence for four men who were found guilty of raping and disemboweling a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in 2012, a crime that came to embody the menace lurking in India’s sprawling, chaotic cities.

The decision was unusual. While Indian trial courts aggressively impose death sentences, 95 percent of them have been overturned or commuted by higher courts in recent years, a recent study showed, typically in consideration of “mitigating circumstances” like slipshod investigations or the potential of the accused to be rehabilitated.

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The gang rape case led to protests across India and media coverage around the world. New Delhi (CNN) Four men convicted of a gang rape that Executions are rare in India. While hundreds of people were sentenced to death last year, only three executions have been carried out since 2007

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The “Delhi gang rape,” as it came to be known, riveted the public from the start, setting off street protests and months of play-by-play coverage.

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The 23-year-old, Jyoti Singh Pandey — dubbed “Nirbhaya,” or “fearless,” by Indian journalists — was a kind of avatar of aspirational India. Her father, who earns around $200 a month as an airport baggage handler, had sold family land to pay for her training as a physiologist. Sometimes, he called her “beta,” the Hindi word for “son.”

Returning home from a movie at a crowded mall with a male friend, she boarded a private bus to discover that it was already occupied by a group of young men, working-class migrants who had been drinking.

While the bus circled the city, the men attacked the pair, took Ms. Pandey to the back of the bus and raped her, at one point penetrating her with a metal rod and perforating her colon. The two were dumped on the roadside, naked and bleeding, and remained there for nearly two hours before police officers arrived and took them to a hospital. Her attackers were identified, in some cases, by bite marks that covered her body. She died two weeks later of her injuries.

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Watch CBSN Live. Death sentences upheld in pivotal India gang - rape case . NEW DELHI -- India's top court on Friday upheld the death sentences of four men who were convicted in the fatal gang - rape and torture of a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in the Indian capital nearly five years ago.

Her story ignited public fury. At court hearings, activists would stand with heavy nooses looped around their necks, chanting: “Hang the rapists! Hang the rapists!” Flamboyant celebrity lawyers, who agreed to defend the accused, were frequently immobilized by a scrum of cameramen.

A crucial factor in the court’s decision to uphold the death penalty was the demand of India’s “collective conscience,” said Justice Dipak Misra in the court’s ruling on Friday, which cited a “ ‘tsunami’ of shock in the mind of the collective.”

He wrote: “It is absolutely obvious that the accused persons had found an object for enjoyment in her. It sounds like a story from a different world, where humanity has been treated with irreverence.”

After the decision was announced, the courtroom broke out in applause. “They should be castrated first!” one lawyer called out. Ms. Pandey’s mother wept with relief, embracing the people who surrounded her, while her father, Badri Nath Singh, seemed to exhale.

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The parents of a murdered gang - rape victim leave India's Supreme Court in New Delhi on May 5 India's top court on Friday upheld the death sentences of four men who were convicted in the fatal gang rape and torture of a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in the capital nearly five

Nine months after a young medical student was gang - raped and murdered on a moving bus in Delhi , four men have been given the death sentence for the attack

“It is most important for us that these men should be hanged,” he said. “What my heart was saying is that this kind of crime has never happened in the past, and it will never happen in the future. It never entered into my mind that they would not be hanged. It will instill fear in the hearts of rapists.”

Legal experts noted that public outrage over rapes is selective, and they questioned whether it should be factored into legal judgments.

“It’s not as though every time there is a rape there is a convulsion in India society,” said Vrinda Grover, a Supreme Court lawyer. “I wish there were.”

Just a day earlier, Mumbai’s High Court had finally upheld the convictions of 11 men in the 2002 gang rape of Bilkis Bano, a Muslim who was assaulted by a group of Hindu men during religious riots in the western state of Gujarat. But that case, which has crept through the legal system for 15 years, has never generated public outrage.

Ms. Grover, who opposes the death penalty, said she did not believe the execution of the four men — a fruit vendor, a bus attendant, a gym handyman and an unemployed man — would serve as a deterrent to future rapists.

“It’s very easy to demonize a few people and hang them,” she said. “This is almost like a societal orgasm, that we are all good and we have eliminated from our midst all the bad men.”

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