Four men ordered to hang for fatal gang rape of university student on Indian bus

Four men ordered to hang for fatal gang rape of university student on Indian bus
Asha Devi, mother of the victim of the fatal 2012 gang rape, displays the victory sign at patiala house court, after a Delhi court issues death warrant against all 4 convicts, execution to be held on 22nd January, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PHOTO | CNN

Four men have been issued with death warrants for the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in New Delhi more than seven years ago.

The men were on Tuesday ordered to hang later this month for gang-raping the woman on the Indian bus in 2012.

She died two weeks later as a result of her injuries.

The hanging is scheduled for 7 a.m. on January 22 at Tihar Jail in India’s capital, the court announced via video conference.

The four men have exhausted the review process but they can still file a petition against the sentencing within 14 days.

If successful that would go to the country’s Supreme Court.

There is currently no application pending before the court or country’s president, the prosecution said during the hearing.

The president has the power to pardon the men in a final mercy petition.

The four men were sentenced to death in September 2013 and the decision upheld four years later following a lengthy administrative process.

A fifth accused man died by suicide in prison in 2013.

The sixth convict was a juvenile and sentenced to three years in prison.

He has since been released.

Police said the men took turns raping the woman as the bus drove around the city for almost an hour.

When they had finished, they dumped her and her friend by the side of the road.

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