On Tuesday September 10, 2013, a Prosecutor called for the hanging of four men convicted of gang raping a 23-year-old Indian woman, after one man cried for his innocence as he was brought into the courtroom.
This brutal crime took place on a New Delhi bus when the woman was coming home from a movie with her male friend. The four men tricked the two to get on the bus. They ferociously beat the woman’s friend and took turns raping the woman. Having had parts of her body pulled out by a rod, the victim died two weeks after the attack. What is even sadder is the woman was waiting on exam results having just completed her degree in physiotherapy. This assault sparked public anger over the sexual violence women in India commonly face.
The Prosecutor said, “There can be nothing more diabolic than a helpless girl put through torture.” He said the crime “shocked India’s collective conscience.”
The defense, on the other hand, asked for a sentence of life imprisonment. He reasoned that Indian law calls for execution only in very exceptional cases and that the confessions were elicited through police torture. Is he saying that a case where a 23-year-old bright woman is brutally attacked by four men, gang raped, has her body parts severed, and dies as a results of her injuries two week later is an ordinary case? Even if this is simply a zealous attempt to represent his clients, it has to shock his conscience like it did the rest of India.
Judge Yogesh Khanna said a sentence would be handed down on Friday.
Do you think sentencing the men to be hanged is barbaric or unjustified? If there is no death penalty for these men, are the men really brought to justice? If the death penalty is too barbaric, what are the alternatives to the death penalty that may give the family of the victim some justice? On the other hand, if the death penalty is justified, do you think this is a fair precedent to set across the world?
Source: Fox World News
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