|Death awaits murderous New Delhi gang rapists
A court in India will today consider the sentence for four men found guilty of the brutal gang rape and murder of a helpless young Indian female student on a bus, as the victim's family leads calls for them to be hanged.
Judge Yogesh Khanna will consider arguments from prosecution and defense counsels over the severity of the punishment.
The 23-year-old victim's parents have insisted the four must be executed for what the judge branded the “cold-blooded murder'' of their daughter last December.
Defense lawyers have said they will to appeal Tuesday's verdict.
A lawyer for one of the men, Mukesh Singh, said the defense team was “well prepared'' to counter the prosecution's calls for the death sentence.
“In a case where there is a call for the death penalty, then we will argue for an easing of the punishment,'' V.K. Anand told AFP.
Lawyers for the three other men – Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma - will also put forward their arguments before the judge at the same courtroom in south Delhi where they were found guilty Tuesday.
Vivek Sharma, who is representing Gupta, said the judge should decide in a matter of days, possibly today.
The judge convicted the men on charges including gang rape, murder and theft.