Top India court confirms 4 men to hang for 2012 New Delhi bus rape and murder

The mother of a young woman who was raped and murdered in a New Delhi bus in 2012 is seen at the city's Patiala House Court on Jan 7, 2020. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday (Jan 14) dismissed pleas for a review of the death sentence handed down to four men in the rape and murder of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, leaving an appeal to the President as their only possible recourse.

The 2012 attack on the 23-year-old physiotherapy student on the moving bus shocked India and led to tough new laws against sexual violence, including the death penalty for rape in some cases.

The victim died from her injuries two weeks later in hospital in Singapore.

The court said that there were no grounds to review its decision upholding the death sentence for the four men, all from working class neighbourhoods in the Indian capital.

"We have gone through the curative petitions and relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this court," the court said its order.

The men were convicted in 2013 and lost all appeals in a higher court. Last week, a Delhi court said they would be hanged on Jan 22.

The family of the victim welcomed the court ruling.

"I am feeling good. We want to see them hanged. Only then will justice be served to our daughter, who died in pain," said her father.

Sexual violence against women is a huge problem in India, where a rape occurs every 20 minutes. Many of the cases have drawn revulsion and anger across the country.

Mr A.P. Singh, a lawyer for the four defendants, said that he would read the written order of the court and decide on the next course of action.

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