NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Saturday stayed the death sentence of two of the four men convicted of the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that horrified the country and sparked weeks of protests.
The two, Gupta and Singh, appealed to the Supreme Court after the High Court upheld earlier in the week the death penalty handed to the four men convicted of the gang rape last September.
On Thursday, the Delhi High Court maintained the four men’s sentences in the death of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student, saying the case fell into the “rarest of rare category” under which India carries out executions.
A fifth suspect had been discovered dead in his jail last year, in what authorities said was a suspected suicide.
The sixth member of the group, a juvenile at the time of the crime, is serving a three-year sentence.
The four were sentenced last September to hang following a trial over the attack on the 23-year-old student on a moving bus in the capital in December 2012.
The physiotherapy student was attacked by six men, including with an iron rod, after she boarded a private bus to go home from the cinema with a male friend.
They were both later dumped bleeding on the roadside.
The victim died 13 days later from the internal injuries inflicted.