The Delhi High Court on Thursday afternoon confirmed death sentences for four men convicted of the heinous gang rape and murder of a medical student in the Indian capital.
The incident sparked mass protests across the South Asian nation. A fast track court initially sentenced the four men to death in September last year.
A fifth accomplice apparently committed suicide in his prison cell, while a sixth — a juvenile at the time of the attack — is serving a three-year sentence in a correction home.
The four men on death row may still appeal to the Supreme Court, and failing that for Presidential clemency.
The Dec. 16 gang rape marked a watershed for the women’s movement in India and led to a new anti-rape law, which now makes even stalking and voyeurism punishable crimes.