Delhi Gang-Rape Case: Court Finds Four Guilty

Large crowds gather outside courthouse to demand death penalty

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A van, carrying four men accused in the Delhi gang-rape case, arrives at a court in New Delhi on Sept. 10, 2013

After eight months of legal proceedings in the Delhi gang-rape case, an Indian court on Tuesday afternoon found four men guilty of rape, murder and destruction of evidence.

Six males, on the night of Dec. 16 last year, brutally raped and killed a paramedic intern on a moving bus. Of the six, one was a minor and handed a three-year sentence by India’s juvenile justice board last month.

Another accused, Ram Singh, hung himself while in police custody in March this year.

The parents of the victim wept as the verdict was read out. Additional Sessions judge Yogesh Khanna said the men were convicted “for committing murder of a helpless person.”

“They should be hanged and nothing else,” the father of the victim, who remains unnamed in accordance with Indian law, told Reuters earlier.

A crowd of protesters gathered outside the court to demand the death penalty for the convicted men. The court will pronounce the sentence on Wednesday.