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Delhi Gang Rape accused convicted; to be sentenced on Wednesday

The four remaining accused in the Delhi gang-rape case have been found guilty.

Mukesh singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta were found guilty this morning of the fatal gang rape of 23-year-old student Jyoti Singh Pandey on a Delhi bus in December last year.

The four will be sentenced on Wednesday and could face the death penalty. 

A fifth man, a minor, who was involved in the rape was sentenced to three years in prison two weeks ago.

Dozens of reporters as well as protesters calling for harsh sentencing gathered outside the court to await the verdict.

"I convict all of the accused. They have been found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offences, destruction of evidence... and for committing the murder of the helpless victim," Judge Yogesh Khanna pronounced, the AFP news agency reported.
Ms Singh Pandey's parents welcomed Tuesday's convictions.

"We are happy with the conviction. Now we expect the judge to sentence all of them to death," the victim's father told Indian media after the verdict.

"We will get complete closure only if all the accused are wiped off from the face of the earth. This is what they did to our daughter most brutally."

The case sparked a national debate on the treatment of women.

But whilst tough new laws were introduced in March which allowed the death penalty - carried out very rarely in India - to be handed down in the most serious cases, sexual assaults on women have continued unabated.

In Delhi alone, more than 600 cases were recorded in 2013 but there has only been one conviction.

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