These four men, who were sentenced to death for the horrific gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical intern in Delhi last year, walked into a High Court in New Delhi to challenge their guilty verdicts and death penalties on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
On Sept. 13, a judge ordered the men to be “hanged by neck until they are dead” for the “cold-blooded” rape and murder of the victim. In India, death penalties must be confirmed by a higher court.
Lawyers for the men are challenging their death sentences in New Delhi’s High Court, which will hear the prosecution’s arguments supporting the guilty verdicts while the defense lawyers will file their appeals. This process could take weeks or months before their death sentences are confirmed.
The High Court judge, Pratibha Rani, said, “We have to deal with this as expeditiously as possible because the sword of death is hanging over them.”
On Tuesday, three of the four men walked into the High Court with their faces uncovered in public for the first time. The fourth one covered his face with a handkerchief.