5 sentenced to life imprisonment in Delhi for 2014 gang rape of Danish tourist

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JUNE 9: Policemen escort men convicted for the gang rape of a Danish woman, at a court on June 9, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Delhi Police sought the maximum sentence for the five people convicted for the gang-rape of a 52-year-old Danish woman near the New Delhi railway station in 2014. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Five of the nine men involved in the 2014 gang rape of a Danish woman in Delhi have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court. Of the remaining four men arrested for the robbery and rape of the 52-year-old Danish tourist, one died and three are minors who will be tried in juvenile court. The group attacked the woman at knife-point after she asked for directions to her hotel in Delhi’s Paharganj area. The woman, who left the country shortly after the assault, gave police a detailed statement in front of the Danish ambassador before her departure.

Sexual violence has been increasingly in the Indian public’s eye since the highly publicized gang-rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus in 2012. That incident led to protests, new anti-rape laws, and a chilling documentary (which went on to be banned in India), but reports of sexual assaults against women and children have continued, and Hindu leaders such as Shankaracharya Swaroopanand have thrown further wood on the fire by suggesting that allowing women into temples could increase the number of rapes.

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