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4 Men Sentenced to Death in India Gang Rape

A court in India has sentenced to death by hanging four men convicted in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi late last year.

In his ruling Friday, Judge Yogesh Khanna said the crime falls under the "rarest of rare" category warranting death.

One of the four men broke down in tears as the sentence was read.

The father of the victim said he was relieved that his daughter had gotten justice.

The 23-year-old victim was raped and assaulted with an iron bar in December. Her male companion was also beaten before both were thrown off the bus. The woman died of her injuries two weeks after the attack in a Singapore hospital, where she had been taken for treatment.

The woman's attack set off furious protests across India about the treatment of women in the country and led to an overhaul of India's sexual assault laws.



The death sentences handed down Friday must be confirmed by the Delhi High Court. The lawyer for the defendents says they will appeal.

A fifth defendant, who was 17 at the time of the attack, was sentenced to three years in a reform home - the maximum sentence he could have received.

A sixth defendant, an adult, was found dead in his jail cell in March.

Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the death sentence sets an example and will hopefully serve as a deterrent for such offenses.

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