A New Delhi judge says four Indian men found guilty of the fatal assault and gang rape of a young woman last December will be sentenced on Friday.
Judge Yogesh Khanna heard sentencing arguments on Wednesday, with the prosecution calling for the death penalty.
On Tuesday Khanna found all four men guilty on 11 charges, including gang rape and murder, after the rape and fatal assault of a 23-year-old woman with an iron bar on a bus last December. Her male companion was also beaten before both were thrown off the bus. The woman died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital, two weeks after the attack.
Protesters gathered outside the courthouse this week to demand the death penalty, and scuffles broke out after the verdict on Tuesday.
The defense is vying for life imprisonment, noting that Indian law calls for execution only in very exceptional cases.
Demonstrators hold a sign outside a court where four men were sentence to death for a gang rape, New Delhi, Sept. 13, 2013.
A demonstrator shouts slogans outside a court where four men were sentenced to death for a gang rape case, New Delhi, Sept. 13, 2013.
A woman writes on a poster demanding death by hanging for the four men convicted in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a New Delhi bus last year, outside a court in New Delhi, Sept. 11, 2013.
Delhi police secure a gate after protesters broke through a police barrier and entered the court complex demanding the death penalty for the four men convicted in the fatal gang rape of a young woman, New Delhi, Sept. 11, 2013.
Protesters shout slogans outside a court in New Delhi, Sept. 11, 2013.
Defense lawyer A.P. Singh reacts to a protester heckling him for defending a convict in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a New Delhi bus last year, outside a court in New Delhi, Sept. 11, 2013.
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.
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.