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Delhi gangrape: Cheers went up from a crowd when the death sentence was announced AP-PTI photo (http://www.financialexpress.com/news/delhi-gangrape-judge-passes-death-sentence-on-rapists-of-braveheart-girl-for-gruesome-crime/1168792)
Delhi gang rape: four men sentenced to death for 'gruesome crime'

in INDIA, 13/09/2013

Four men were sentenced to death on Friday for raping and murdering a woman in New Delhi last December, satisfying a public clamour for them to be hanged for a crime that forced India to confront its culture of violence against women.

"These are the times when gruesome crimes against women have become rampant, and courts cannot turn a blind eye to the need to send a strong deterrent message to the perpetrators of such crimes," Judge Yogesh Khanna said in a ruling that capped one of the most notorious criminal trials in modern Indian history.

Cheers went up from a crowd inside and outside the Delhi courthouse when lawyers rushed out to announce the sentence, which had been widely expected after Khanna found the four men guilty this week of "cold-blooded" rape and murder.

The victim, who was raped for an hour and tortured with an iron rod on a moving bus, became a symbol of the dangers women face in a country where a rape is reported on average every 21 minutes and acid attacks and cases of molestation are common.

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