A Delhi court pronounced guilty verdict to all four accused on the case of gang rape of a young girl in a moving bus who later died in a hospital. Judge Yogesh Khanna said while delivering his verdict that the men had committed murder of a helpless person. The accused are now facing the possibility of hanging. The sentences are expected to be handed down on Wednesday.
However, A.P. Singh, a lawyer for the accused men, claimed that they were innocent. “These accused have been framed simply to please the public,” he told reporters. “This is not a fair trial.”
The fact of the case: the four men, along with another suspect who hanged himself in prison and a juvenile convicted in August, were riding through the city on an off-duty bus in December when they tricked the 23-year-old woman and a male friend into boarding. They beat the friend into submission, held down the woman and repeatedly raped her. They also penetrated the woman repeatedly with an iron rod, causing severe internal injuries that led to her death two weeks later.