Four men were convicted Tuesday of the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old student aboard a moving bus, a crime which sparked protests across India on women's rights.
The Associated Press reported the men would be sentenced on Wednesday, with the possibility they will be hanged.
Reading out his verdict, Judge Yogesh Khanna said the men had committed the "murder of a helpless person."
The victim and a male friend were lured onto a bus in New Delhi before she was repeatedly raped on December 16. Both were tortured with a metal bar before being left on the road.
The father of the slain student told Reuters before the verdict that he wanted the men to be put to death.
“We live every day, we die every day for this verdict. Our child, before she died, said such people should be burnt alive,” said the father, whose name is protected under Indian law. “To fulfill her last wish, with the help of all the evidence the court has, they must not be spared at any cost. They should be hanged and nothing else.”
The victim had been to see the film "Life of Pi" with a friend at a shopping mall before the incident.
Prosecutors said Akshay Kumar Singh, a bus cleaner, gym instructor Vinay Sharma, fruit-seller Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh, who is unemployed, were found guilty of luring the pair onto the bus.
The male recovered from his injuries but the woman did not, succumbing to her internal injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital where she had been transferred.
A.P. Singh, a lawyer for the men, told the Associated Press his clients were innocent.
“These accused have been framed simply to please the public,” he said. “This is not a fair trial.”
A 17-year-old was last month sentenced to three years in a special correctional facility after being found guilty of rape and murder charges.
The alleged ringleader in the case was found dead in his cell in March.
The case resonated with thousands of urban Indians who took to the streets in fury after the attack.
A crowd of protesters gathered outside the courtroom on Tuesday. Many demanded the death penalty for the perpetrators and chanted: "Hang them! Hang them! Hang them!"
“Every girl at any age experiences this -- harassment or rape. We don't feel safe," law school graduate Rapia Pathania told the AP. “That's why we're here. We want this case to be an example for every other case that has been filed and will be filed.”
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
First published September 10 2013, 12:21 AM