An Indian court sentenced four men to death Friday for the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi, an attack that appalled the South Asian nation.

Announcing the sentence, Judge Yogesh Khanna said the crime "shocked the collective conscience" of India and fell into the "rarest of rare category" that deserves capital punishment.

"In these times when crimes against women are on the rise, the court cannot turn a blind eye to this gruesome act," he said.

One of the convicted men, Vinay Sharma, broke down in tears and cried loudly as the judge spoke.
Prosecutors had asked for the death penalty for the men, citing the "extreme brutality" of the attack,
which took place on a moving bus in December. They had also argued the court needed to send a message to Indian society with its judgment.

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Is the death sentence appropriate in this case? Anyone who's normally against capital punishment ready to make an exception for cases like this?

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In your list in the first paragraph, you missed the possibility of "ensuring the guy never can commit the crime again."  Even incarceration can be looked at as this (albeit for shorter term than "forever'); while the guy is in jail he is not committing armed robbery at the stop-n-rob.  It could conceivably be worth jailing (or in the case of a capital crime, executing) someone for that reason alone.

Remembering the victim was raped by these neanderthals, I find the violent beating and choking that led to her death equally horrific and unsettling. I will never understand the mental state of a small group of males who develop this frenzied state of punishing their victim.

It is sad that they cannot suffer a thousand deaths for their actions. Once is not enough.   


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