In­dian court or­ders Delhi rapists to be hanged this month

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - An In­dian court on Tues­day or­dered the ex­e­cu­tion on Jan­uary 22 of four men con­victed of the in­fa­mous 2012 gan­grape and mur­der of a Delhi univer­sity stu­dent.

Six peo­ple were orig­i­nally charged with tak­ing part in the bru­tal at­tack aboard a city bus, but one was re­leased af­ter a brief de­ten­tion as a ju­ve­nile, while an­other com­mit­ted sui­cide while await­ing trial.

On Tues­day Delhi court judge Satish Ku­mar is­sued a war­rant or­der­ing the four on death row to be ex­e­cuted on Jan­uary 22 at 7:00am.

The con­demned men still have one av­enue of ap­peal re­main­ing, and they can also pe­ti­tion the In­dian Pres­i­dent for mercy.

Jy­oti Singh (23) was at­tacked in De­cem­ber 2012 while re­turn­ing home af­ter vis­it­ing the cinema with a male friend.

Her as­sailants took turns to rape and vi­o­late her with a metal rod as the bus drove around the cap­i­tal, be­fore dump­ing her and the beaten-up friend in a road­side ditch. Singh died of her in­juries nearly a fort­night af­ter the at­tack - in Sin­ga­pore, where she had been flown for spe­cial­ist treat­ment.

Tens of thou­sands of In­di­ans took to the streets in protest, and the case led to a ma­jor over­haul of laws sur­round­ing sex­ual as­sault.

Singh’s fam­ily said they were pleased with the rul­ing. “This judg­ment will re­in­state women’s faith in the ju­di­ciary,” Jy­oti’s mother Asha Devi said. “My daugh­ter will fi­nally get jus­tice.”

Her fa­ther Badri­nath Singh de­scribed it as a ‘good de­ci­sion for the en­tire coun­try’. “But our strug­gle will con­tinue for many other daughters who are in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion across In­dia.”

In­dian me­dia re­ports say Ti­har prison, where the four are in­car­cer­ated, re­cently held a dummy ex­e­cu­tion to test the gal­lows.

My daugh­ter will fi­nally get jus­tice

Asha Devi

(AFP)

This file photo shows peo­ple de­mand­ing bet­ter se­cu­rity for women in New Delhi on De­cem­ber 29, 2012

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