Four men guilty of the Delhi gang rape and murder were hanged on Friday 20 March more than seven years after the brutal attack.

The hangings were the last step in the brutal December 2012 rape case that stunned India.

Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh were sentenced to death by a trial court in 2013.

The four were hanged in the capital’s high-security Tihar prison.

The mother of the victim Asha Devi, had become the face of the campaign to carry out the death sentences, has said that justice has finally been done.

There have been celebrations outside the prison where the executions took place with many chanting “death to rapists”.

The victim died from her injuries days after being raped by six men on a moving bus.

The 23-year-old student boarded an off-duty bus at around 20:30 local time on 16 December 2012 with a male friend. They were returning home after watching a film at an upscale mall.

The six men, who were already on board, attacked the couple, taking turns to rape the woman, before brutally assaulting her with an iron rod. Her friend was beaten.

They were then thrown out onto the roadside to die.

Two weeks later the victim died in a hospital in Singapore, where she was taken for further treatment after her condition deteriorated in a Delhi hospital.

Minutes after the convicts were hanged on Friday morning, the victim’s mother said, “I hugged my daughter’s photograph and told her we finally got justice.”

Her father said that his “faith in the judiciary had been restored”.


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