An Indian court has sentenced to death the four men convicted in the December gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows for a brutal attack on a moving bus that left the young woman with such severe internal injuries that she died two weeks later.
The death sentence, handed down Friday, must be confirmed by India's High Court. The men can appeal their case to the Supreme Court, and ask the president for clemency.
The victim's family, along with numerous politicians and government officials, had long called for the men to be executed. The case has been closely followed across India, seen as a reflection on rampant mistreatment of women and the government's inability to deal with crime.
The men were convicted on Tuesday for the December attack on the 23-year-old woman, a brutal crime that unleashed a wave of public anger over the treatment of women in India.
By most estimates, more than 100 people are normally sentenced to death in India each year, but the vast majority of those cases are eventually commuted to life in prison.