Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:00:00 GMT | By Agencies

Delhi gangrape: Sentencing today

A fast-track court had held four men guilty of gang-raping and murdering a 23-year-old student

Delhi gangrape: Sentencing today (© Reuters)

New Delhi: The Delhi fast-track court will pronounce on Friday the quantum of punishment for the four men convicted for gang-raping and murdering a 23-year-old medical student last December.

Judge Yogesh Khanna will decide whether the crime committed by the four, held guilty on Tuesday, falls in the ‘rarest of the rare’ category, warranting death sentence.

The four - bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Singh, gym instructor Vinay Sharma, fruit-seller Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh – had gang-raped the girl in a moving bus and pushed the couple on to the road. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.

The brutal attack sparked huge protests, new laws for sex offences and a national debate on the safety of women.

Six men were arrested. One committed suicide in jail in March. Another, a juvenile, was sent to a reform facilty for three years.

Judge Khanna said in his verdict that the men had murdered "a helpless victim", inflicting 18 internal injuries on her, caused by an iron rod that was used to beat her male friend and then violate her.

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