NEW DELHI - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed pleas for a review of the death sentence handed down to four men in the gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi, leaving an appeal to the president as their only possible recourse.
The 2012 attack on the 23-year-old physiotherapy student on the moving bus shocked India and led to tough new laws against sexual violence, including the death penalty for rape in some cases.
The victim died from her injuries two weeks later in a hospital in Singapore.
The court said that there were no grounds to review its decision upholding the death sentence for the four men, all from a working-class neighbourhood in Delhi.
The men were convicted in 2013 and lost all appeals in a higher court. Last week, a Delhi court said they would be hanged on January 22.
The family of the victim welcomed the court ruling.
“I am feeling good. We want to see them hanged. Only then will justice be served to our daughter who died in pain,” said her father.