Indian Court to Announce Delhi Gang Rape Case Verdict Next Week

An Indian court will deliver its verdict next week in a trial of four men accused in the gang rape and murder of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi, a case that shocked India and reverberated around the world.

The court will announce its decision on Sept. 10, A.P. Singh, a lawyer for some of the defendants, said in a phone interview. The conclusion to the trial in a specially-convened fast track court in the nation’s capital will come almost nine months after the assault on the woman.

The brutal attack on the 23-year-old medical student as she returned home from the cinema on Dec. 16 triggered street protests and drew attention to the scale of sexual violence against women in the world’s largest democracy. The student died from her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.

Prosecutors have sought the death penalty for the four men. A teenager, found guilty of taking part in the attack, was sentenced by a juvenile court last week to three years in a reform home, the maximum possible punishment as per law.

A fifth defendant and the alleged ring leader of the group committed suicide in March using a carpet to hang himself from a ceiling grill in his cell, according to prison authorities. His family and lawyer said that Ram Singh was murdered and had previously been attacked by other inmates for his crimes.

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