Father of rape victim hails death sentences

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Associated Press

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 11:04 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — The father of a woman who was gang raped on a bus in India says he's "very happy" to see his daughter get "justice."

The father commented after a court in New Delhi today sentenced four men to death by hanging for the attack. The victim was left with massive injuries that caused her death.

Dozens of demonstrators outside the courthouse praised the sentence, while also calling for swift justice in tens of thousands of rape cases that remain backlogged in Indian courts.

The judge who issued the sentence said it was crime that had "shocked the collective conscience" of India. But as the judge left the bench, a defense lawyer shouted at him that the sentence does not represent "the victory of truth," but instead the "defeat of justice." He says the judge issued the sentence under "political pressure."

The 23-year-old victim and a male friend had been coming home from an evening showing of the movie "Life of Pi" when the men lured them into boarding a bus they had been joy-riding through the city. The man was beaten, and the women was held down and repeatedly raped.

India's Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty should be used only in "the rarest of rare cases." Only two people -- both terrorists -- have been executed in India since 2004.

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147-c-20-(Tim Sullivan, AP correspondent)-"defeat of justice"-AP correspondent Tim Sullivan reports four men face death for gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman. (13 Sep 2013)

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148-c-20-(Tim Sullivan, AP correspondent)-"them found it"-AP correspondent Tim Sullivan reports the four men sentenced to death mirror the life of the woman they raped and killed. (13 Sep 2013)

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149-c-20-(Tim Sullivan, AP correspondent)-"executed is intense"-AP correspondent Tim Sullivan reports the men sentenced to death can appeal their case. (13 Sep 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Indian women shouts slogans seeking death sentence for the juvenile convict of the gang rape of a female student, New Delhi, India, graphic element on gray (13 Sep 2013)

APPHOTO NY111: This undated combination image made of photos obtained by the Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, shows convicted rapists, from left, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta in India. On Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, an Indian court sentenced to death the four men, who were convicted in a December gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman. The judge ordered them to the gallows for the brutal attack on a moving bus that left the young woman with such severe internal injuries that she died two weeks later. (AP Photo) (13 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO DEL134: Defense lawyer A.P. Singh speaks to the media after a judge pronounced death sentences for all four men convicted in the rape and murder of a student on a moving New Delhi bus last year, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. "This is not the victory of truth. But it is the defeat of justice," Singh shouted at the judge after hearing the death sentence. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) (13 Sep 2013)

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