The Indian government has executed the four men who were convicted of the brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in Delhi in 2012.
The men, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh had been found guilty in a 2013 trial and sentenced to death by hanging, but their execution had been postponed multiple times due to appeals.
According to BBC UK, the four were hanged at dawn on Friday March 20th in the capital’s high-security Tihar prison with hundreds gathered outside the prison gates, shouting “death to rapists”.
Speaking to newsmen, Delhi Chief Minister, Arwind Kejriwal said: “It took seven years but justice was delivered. It was the first time in five years that capital punishment has been carried out in India.”
The victim, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, Nirbhaya, was gang-raped on a moving bus and left for dead on a roadside in December 2012. She died in a hospital in Singapore two weeks after the attack.