4 men to be sentenced today in India fatal gang rape
NEW DELHI (AP) - An Indian judge is expected to hand down sentences on Friday in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, with the prosecutor and others calling for the four convicted rapists to be executed.
The men were convicted on Tuesday in the December attack of the 23-year-old woman, a brutal crime that unleashed a wave of public anger over the treatment of women in India. The woman died two weeks after the attack of internal injuries.
The four men were facing either life imprisonment or death by hanging. Calls for them to be executed have grown increasingly loud, with everyone from the victim's parents to top political leaders demanding the death sentence.
In calling for the four to be hanged, prosecutor Dayan Krishnan said on Wednesday that the attack shocked India's "collective conscience", noting that the police report showed the men pulled out some of the victim's body parts after savagely penetrating her with an iron rod.