Three Indian men sentenced to death for role in gang rape that sparked outrage

Indian social activists shout slogans, penned in by police officers, following the judgment in the Kamduni rape and murder case, in Kolkata. (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Indian men have received death sentences for their roles in the 2013 gang-rape and murder of a 20-year-old woman that sparked waves of protests and fueled the country’s ongoing debate over the safety of women in the country. According to prosecutors, nine men participated in the gang-rape and murder in West Bengal, during which the woman’s throat was slit and her body was dumped in a nearby pond.

Three of the men were sentenced to life in prison, two were acquitted due to lack of evidence, and one died in jail, according to The New York Times. The prosecutor in the case, Anindya Rout, said the case was the “rarest of rare” because of the level of brutality, and thus the sentences were justified, and that the prosecutors would appeal the acquittal of the two other men.

The case followed on the heels of the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a public bus in Delhi in 2012 that is now credited with beginning the national discussion and debate over violence toward women in Indian culture.

Read the full story in The New York Times.


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