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Indian Juvenile Guilty in Gang Rape Case

Indian policemen escort the juvenile (C, in pink hood), accused in the December 2012 gang-rape of a student, following his guilty verdict at a court in New Delhi, Aug. 31, 2013.
Indian policemen escort the juvenile (C, in pink hood), accused in the December 2012 gang-rape of a student, following his guilty verdict at a court in New Delhi, Aug. 31, 2013.
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An Indian juvenile court has found a teenager guilty of rape and murder in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi late last year.

The 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. The three years will include the time he has already spent in custody. He is now 18.

The victim's family wanted the teenager to be tried as an adult and to receive the death penalty.

A 23-year-old student died of internal injuries after being raped and assaulted with an iron bar allegedly by six males in December. Her male companion was also beaten before both were thrown off the bus.

Four adult defendants are being tried in a special fast-track court and face the death penalty. The other accused adult was found dead in his jail cell in March.

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

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