İrem UZUN -TDO- India has executed four men for the gang rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 that sparked huge nationwide protests and international revulsion. The four were hanged before dawn on Friday at Tihar jail in the Indian capital, the head of the prison, Sandeep Goel, told AFP news agency, in India's first use of capital punishment since 2015.
On December 16, 2012, the men brutally raped the woman, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, on a moving bus in New Delhi, during which they used a metal pipe to inflict massive internal injuries to her. Protests erupted nationwide after the women died in a Singapore hospital two weeks after the rape. In April 2013, India passed a tough new anti-rape law that made stalking a crime and introduced a death sentence for convicted rapists. The parents of the victim had consistently called for capital punishment of the four perpetrators. The men were sentenced to death in September of 2013, five months after the new anti-rape law was passed. The execution was delayed four times as the convicts appealed the verdict. India's Supreme Court ultimately upheld the sentence against the men.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Twitter post said, "Justice has prevailed." "It is of utmost importance to ensure dignity and safety of women," he said. Hundreds of police were deployed outside the jail to control a crowd that waited to celebrate the execution. Some held placards that read "Justice for women" and "Hang the culprits". "Today, justice has been done after seven years," the victim's mother told reporters outside the prison. "I salute Indian judiciary and thank God for hearing our prayers ... my daughter's soul can now rest in peace".