Indian police forces have fired tear gas and used water canon to disperse thousands of demonstrators protesting a court ruling in the country’s most infamous rape case.
The fresh demonstrations erupted after New Delhi‘s juvenile court handed down the verdict to one of the six attackers who gang - raped a 23 - year - old student in December 2012, who later died at a hospital. The convict, who was 17 at the time, was sentenced to three years behind bars in a correctional facility. He and five other men are accused of beating and raping a 23 - year - old medical student on a moving bus back in December last year. The victim later died of internal injuries. The horrific nature of the crime shocked Indians and sparked mass protests across the South Asian country. The victim’s family and protesters say he should have been given a harsher sentence. The victim’s family had called on the court to try the teenager as an adult, alongside five other men initially arrested and put on trial following the assault.
“He committed the worst crime and even if he is a minor, the accused should not be allowed to walk free after three years, ” the victim’s father said in early August.
The five males and the juvenile were charged with murder, rape, kidnap, robbery and conspiracy. However, one of the adults died while in prison from a suspected suicide in March. The four adults, on trial in a separate court, face a maximum death penalty if convicted. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, one woman is raped every 20 minutes in the world’s second-most-populous country.