World: India’s supreme court upholds death penalty for 2012 Delhi gang-rape convicts
Delhi, July 9, 2018 (AltAfrica)-India’s supreme court has confirmed that the four men accused of gang-raping a woman in New Delhi in 2012 will face the death penalty.
A bench made up of the chief justice of India, Dipak Misra, and justices Ashok Bhushan and R Banumathi dismissed the review petitions filed by the accused following the court’s May 05, 2017, decision that first confirmed the death penalty.
That ruling came over four years after the brutal assault on a bus in New Delhi on the night of Dec. 16, 2012, which shocked the nation and sparked widespread protests. The young woman who was attacked died from her injuries several days later.
In the years since then, authorities in India have tried to improve existing laws to keep women safe. But sexual harassment and assault remain the norm across the country, and crimes against women and even children have only increased.
Few months ago, two horrifying cases of child rape proved that despite the 2012 incident, very little has changed on the ground.
In fact, research conducted by Human Rights Watch has shown that when it comes to the process of getting justice, rape survivors often face even more brutality, thanks to insensitive doctors and policemen. So, while today’s judgement is a solid step forward for women’s rights in India, there’s clearly a long way to go.