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U.S. releases damning human rights report about Nigeria.


“The most serious human rights abuses during the year were those committed by Boko Haram.”
A new report by the United States has described Nigeria as a country where corruption, official impunity, and gross human rights violations occur at will.
The report described the human rights violations to include extra-judicial killings, rape, torture, mistreatment of detainees, destruction of property, violence against women, vigilante killings, child labour, forced and bonded labour, and discrimination based on sexual orientation.
This assessment of Nigeria is according to the 2013 Country Report on Human Rights. The report, which is now in its 38th year, is sanctioned by the U.S. Congress. It, amongst other things, helps inform the U.S. government policy and foreign assistance.
According to the report, the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and the Nigerian Government are the worst perpetrators of human rights abuses in the country.
“The most serious human rights abuses during the year were those committed by Boko Haram, which conducted killings, bombings, abduction and rape of women, and other attacks throughout the country, resulting in numerous deaths, injuries, and widespread destruction of property; those committed by security services, which perpetrated extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, beatings, arbitrary detention, mistreatment of detainees, and destruction of property; and widespread societal violence, including ethnic, regional, and religious violence,” the report said.
The report came hard on the Goodluck Jonathan administration for institutionalising impunity with the state pardon granted to serial money launderer and former governor of Bayelsa State, Dipreye Alamieyeseigha. It also said the Nigeria government has displayed no willingness to prosecute soldiers and police officers accused of gross human rights violations.
The report makes specific reference to the refusal of the government to prosecute members of the armed forces found to have perpetrated extrajudicial killing and torture in clear disregard of the recommendation of The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Committee against Torture.
“During the year joint task forces (JTFs), composed of elements of the military, police, and other security services, conducted raids on militant groups and criminal suspects in the states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Katsina, Jigawa, and Yobe. These raids resulted in numerous deaths of and injuries to alleged criminals, militants, and civilians. Local NGOs, international human rights groups, and political and traditional leaders in the affected states accused the security services of indiscriminate and extrajudicial killings.
“The national police, army, and other security forces committed extrajudicial killings and used lethal and excessive force to apprehend criminals and suspects as well as to disperse protesters. Authorities generally did not hold police accountable for the use of excessive or deadly force or for the deaths of persons in custody. The reports of state or federal panels of inquiry investigating suspicious deaths remained unpublished.”
Inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment
The report frowned at the technique of “parading” of suspects commonly used by the police. It observed that most of those paraded are subjected to public ridicule or abuse.
“Police commonly used a technique called “parading” of arrestees. Parading involved literally walking arrestees through public spaces, subjecting them to public ridicule and abuse.
“Bystanders often hurled taunts, food, and other objects. Police defended this practice with the argument that public humiliation helped deter crime,” it said.
It further observed that police flagrantly extort money from civilians and in blatant violation of the law. They use torture to extract confessions from suspects, which are later used to secure convictions in court.
The report indicts the police of rape and other sexual offences of women in their custody. In one example in Abraka in Delta State, in March 2013, a woman said four men raped her while she was in police custody. She said the police had put her in the same cell as the men. She accused the police of failing to help her. According to her, the investigating police office told her to keep quiet about the incident.
Over-crowded and disease-infested prisons
The report described a horrid condition of the country’s prison. It said the prisons are mostly over-crowded and in such deplorable states that they provide fertile breeding grounds for communicable disease. It said prisoners are poorly fed and their health neglected.
For instance, it observed that inmates with mental illness are kept among the general population. Prison warders are also accused of widespread torture, extortions, and sexual abuses such as rape of female inmates.
“Prison and detention center conditions remained harsh and life threatening. Prisoners, a majority of whom had not been tried, were subject to extrajudicial execution, torture, gross overcrowding, food and water shortages, inadequate medical treatment, deliberate and incidental exposure to heat and sun, and infrastructure deficiencies that led to wholly inadequate sanitary conditions and could result in death.”
“Reports indicated guards and prison officials extorted inmates or levied fees on them to pay for food, prison maintenance, and prisoner release. In some cases female inmates faced the threat of rape. Female prisoners pregnant at the time of incarceration gave birth to and raised their babies in prison,” it added.
“Overcrowding was a significant problem in some prisons. Although national capacity stood at 47,284, an imbalance in the use of prisons resulted in underutilization at some facilities, while others were at more than 800 percent of their designed capacity. For example, the Owerri Federal Prison had the capacity to hold 548 prisoners but held more than 1,784. Ogwuashi-Uku prison in Delta State, with a capacity to house 64 prisoners, housed 541, while Port Harcourt prison, with a capacity to hold 804, held 2,955. Ijebu-Ode prison in Lagos, with a capacity to hold 49 prisoners, held 309,” it continued.
“Although the law prohibits the imprisonment of children, minors–many of whom were born there–lived in the prisons. A 2006 report on the rights and welfare of children from the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs to the African Union found an estimated 6,000 children lived in prisons and detention centers. The Nigerian Prison Service reported, however, that as of March, 69 infants resided in prison with their mothers while 847 juvenile inmates were detained in juvenile detention centers.”
Freedom of Speech
The report observed that though the freedom of speech and a free press are guaranteed by the constitution, high-handed security and government officials still occasionally harass journalists.
The report made a case in point of the December 2012 raid of the homes and offices of the editor Musa Muhammad Awwal and reporter Aliyu Saleh of the Hausa-language weekly newspaper Al-Mizan, confiscating their phones and laptops as well as detaining the journalists and their wives.
“Politicians and political parties harassed and attacked journalists perceived as reporting on them or their interests in a negative manner. For example, on April 8, authorities in Abuja detained two reporters for Leadership Newspaper, Tony Amokeodo and Chibuzor Ukaibe, following the publication on April 3 of an article alleging that President Jonathan had ordered the disruption of operations of his political opponents. Authorities charged the two men with “vexatious publication.” All charges were later dropped.
“Journalists also were at risk of abduction. For example, in March assailants in Ondo State abducted a Nigeria Television Authority journalist, Olubunmi Oke, as she arrived home from work with her infant child and maid. The child and maid were later released. Media reports stated that the assailants had demanded an eight million naira ($50,240) ransom. Oke was freed after three days, following the payment of an undisclosed ransom.
Nicholas Ibekwe
(From Biafra Galaxy)

The Tragedy Of Rape By Hannatu Musawa.



Hannatu Musawa

Some weeks ago, I went to meet and speak to a brave 2-year-old girl in Abuja. As I walked into the building, where she was standing with her parents, she became startled at the sight of what she must have identified to be a stranger and quickly grabbed her mother’s wrapper to hide behind. I took out a bag of sweets from my bag and upon reaching the mother, bent down and offered them to the frightened little girl. With my hands full of sweets outstretched, the little girl failed to recognize my gesture as an act of goodwill. After some encouragement from her mother and after my numerous failed impressions of Disney characters, the little girl eventually came out from hiding behind her mother’s wrapper and accepted one of the sweets from my hand. After some time, and after some more impressions by me, she slowly relaxed and finally looked at me. As she raised her head to look at me, I saw that she had the most beautiful big brown eyes. Just as quickly as I smiled at her, my smile became a frown; because within those beautiful eyes, I saw sadness; I saw pain; I saw agony. Within her eyes I saw a girl that had been through torture; because standing before me was a two-year-old little girl who had just been brutally raped by a police corporal, a man whose duty it was to protect her.

While, in this particular case, legislators in both houses of the National Assembly, have taken an interest in making sure that this abused little two year old girl gets justice, the reality is that the crime of rape in Nigeria, especially of minors, is on the increase at an alarming rate.

As so many disquieting issues in our social and political life dominate the front burner and the covers of our national dailies – the various corruption scandals, crude oil theft, religious and sectarian violence, kidnappings, elections saga, etc – most people tend to forget or ignore this horrendous issue that has and is still ruining many lives and devastating many families.
Rape cases have been on a steady increase in contemporary Nigeria and the rising incidents of rape have become very alarming and worrying. All over the country, there is a new kind of unheralded harvest of rapes and rapists. The prevalent upsurge of rape and sexual abuse in Nigeria is unfathomable, especially now that children are not exempted.

There has however, been various subtle media and dailies reports on rape cases with headlines such as, “4 men gang-rape 15-year-old to a coma, 14-year-old boy rapes girl to death, 20-year-old boy brutally rapes a nine-year-old girl, a 27-year-old man rapes mother, 15-year-old boy rapes three kids; including 10-month-old baby”. Then there is the infamous rape and murder of Cynthia Osokogwu by “friends” she met on Facebook that happened in 2012. The list is sadly endless.

Rape is one of the most awful and brutal gender-based forms of violence, ‘predominantly’ carried out against women and the girl-child, in Nigeria. And while cases of rape are mostly talked about with shock, scorn and disgust, it mostly ends there. As one blogger succinctly states; “Perhaps, it may be worth protesting against when it happens to a daughter, niece, sister or relative of a prominent figure.” Hence, this salient question needs to be asked; why is rape on the increase in Nigeria and what is being done to curb this social anomaly?

Contextually, rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person’s consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent.

People who have been raped can be severely traumatized and may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to psychological harm resulting from the act, rape may cause physical injury, or have additional effects on the victim, such as acquiring of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or becoming pregnant. Furthermore, following a rape, a victim may face violence or threats from the rapist and, in some cultures, from the victims own family and relatives.

The main reason rape cases are hardly reported to the appropriate authorities in Nigeria is because the victims fear being ostracized and most victims of rape have lost faith in the judiciary’s securing justice for them. Rapists walk the streets free while their victims remain traumatized for life.
Since very little is done about the spate of rape in our society, this inaction inadvertently allows for other rapes by would be or already established rapist. In Nigeria, a rapist could get a life sentence according to the law, but more often than not, high profile offenders walk the streets free.

There is no doubt that the institutions that are meant to protect women from rape have failed in their duty. Particularly, a major way the Nigerian government is failing curbing this terrible abnormality is in the several federal, state, Sharia, and customary law definitions given to rape, which makes it rather ambiguous. Section 292-285 of the Penal Code pertinent to the northern states focuses on the prosecution of cases dealing with “Rape and unnatural and indecent offences against the person.” Section 282 specifically defines rape as “A man is said to commit rape who, save in the case referred to in subsection (2) has sexual intercourse with a woman in any of the following circumstances: (a) against her will; (b) without her consent; (c) with her consent, when her consent has been obtained by putting her in fear of death or of hurt; (d) with her consent when the man knows that he is not her husband and that her consent is given because she believes that she is another man to whom she is or believes herself to be lawfully married; (e) with or without her consent, when she is under fourteen years of age or of unsound mind.” The Penal Code goes further to state, “Sexual Intercourse by a man with his wife is not rape if she has attained puberty.”

The Criminal Code Act, which deals with criminal matters in all the Southern states in Nigeria, does not specifically mention the word ‘rape’. Chapter 21, Section 214 to 231 of the Act deal with offences such as unnatural offences, indecent treatment of boys under fourteen, defilement of girls under thirteen, defilement of girls under sixteen and above thirteen and of Householder permitting defilement of young girls on his premises, causing or encouraging the seduction or prostitution of a girl under sixteen, allowing persons under sixteen to be in brothels etc.

From the above, it can be observed that the Penal Code and the Criminal Code are proportionately dissimilar. The former appears to be more specific in its definition and the component needed to be proved to sustain a charge of rape, while the latter appears to be more intricate in its definitions and posturing on sexually related offences, but it’s not specific on the issue of rape.

Essentially, with the worrisome spate of rape cases and the somewhat bleak situation as a result of this scourge, combating this social ill has become a necessity.

For the beautiful two-year-old little girl that I met, a horrendous crime has been committed against her. And as I, some of the legislatures and some other interest groups work to ensure this little girl gets justice, as a society, we must mount constant pressure on the Nigerian government to revise and re-amend the existing anti-rape laws and its penalties. For, as long as proper justice is not given to the victims of rape, together with all the other tragedies that define our nation, in addition, we will also eventually be defined by the tragedy of rape.

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Suspected Cult Members Arrested In Akure For Gang Raping 16 Year Old Girl.


Wale Fadahunsi and Banji Olaseinde
By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested two members of a gang of suspected serial rapists.  The two men are allegedly to have raped a young girl.


At the NSCDC headquarters in Akure, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Kayode Balogun said the rape happened in Oluwatuyi quarters in Akure and told reporters, “We got a tip off and the two guys were arrested while the remaining four are still at large. They gave us a confessional statement on how the young lady was raped, and they threatened her not to tell anyone what transpired. Because of that fear she did not tell anyone.”


Balogun said items found in the possession of the suspects include butcher’s knives and a small axe.


One of them, Wale Fadahunsi, 28, told police he sex with the girl but did not force her. He had asked the girl out several time but she refused.  A high school drop-out, Fadahunsi is now a fashion designer.  He admitted to being a member of the cult group.


“On that day, I went to go and meet someone to give them fashion work when I met her in the house. My friends advise me to seize the opportunity to have sex with her since I asked her out and she is proving stubborn. So, I did it willingly and did not force her”


The second suspect, Banji Olaseinde, 25, known as ‘Obanje Babalawo Sherry’ said he is also a high school drop-out and belongs to the cult group, Blue Angel. He said, “We were many that raped her and we have asked her many times to join our group.”


The victim said she was on her way back from school when she was accosted and taken inside the house and gang-raped.  She said the six boys took turns, forced her to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, cut a section of her finger and licked her blood as a way of initiating her into the gang.


“I saw those guys. I wanted to run and they told me not to run. One of the guy held my hand and took me inside and forced me. He said I should come and join their cult group but I refused and they held my cloth and took met on the bed and three of them took their turns while they also video me”.


She said after they had raped her, she begged the guys to let her leave but they refused and took her to another nearby house, they threatened to send the video to everyone in the street, including her school.  At the second house three guys raped her again.


The Ondo state chairperson of the Federation of International Female Lawyers (FIDA), Barr (Mrs) Adesola Adeyemi-Tuki is protesting the incessant rape cases which always involve girl-child and women.


Adeyemi-Tuki said, “We cannot continue to fold our arms and watch our women and girls being raped by these ugly ones in our society. We are not happy over these reoccurring and sad incidents. Parents should be watchful and look after their children, and school administrators should be vigilant about their pupils”.


She also asked the prosecutor of rape cases to redouble their effort and ensure no one found guilty is allowed to go free without been punished in accordance with the law.


This latest rape case comes a week after Ganiyu Kolawole, 71, was charged in court with the alleged rape of Taye Juliana, 7, at Oba Ile in Akure, first reported by Sahara Reporters on December 6th.

71-Year Old Man Rapes Minor In Akure.


Kayode Ganiyu
By Saharareporters, New York

A 71-year-old hunter, Alhaji Kayode Ganiyu raped a 7-year-old pupil, ‘Taye’ a primary school pupil of Oba Ile in Akure in  Ondo State.

The incident occurred at Ayetoru Street in Oba Ile, a suburb of Akure.

According to source who initially witnessed the revelation of the rape case, the 7-year-old girl was returning from school when she was lured by the old man with N10 into his cluttered private one room apartment deceitfully telling her he wanted her to purchase sachet water for him.

The loud cry of the poor little girl, SaharaReporters learns attracted the attention of passerbys who immediately inquired into the incidence.

Narrating her ordeal, the little Taye said she was returning from school and stopped at a nearby well opposite Mr. Ganiyu’s house in order to fetch water and drink but decided against it because the well water was too dirty.

She alleged that ‘Alhaji’ as he is popularly known in the area, was watching her, as she meant to leave Mr. Ganiyu called her into his dingy apartment to get money to purchase water, however, soon as she walked into the room, he forced her onto his bed, covered her mouth and raped her repeatedly

‘’I was thirsty and coming back from school inside the hot sun when Alhaji waved and called me to come and collect money for pure water. I sat down, and he searched through his cloth and brought out N10. I never knew he had closed his door. He pushed me onto the bed, covered my mouth with his hand and did it’’, she narrated and cried profusely.

The little schoolgirl explained that the old man raped her twice. ‘’I was crying painfully when he was raping me, but he would not listen”.

She also said she bled continuously after the incidence while Alhaji cleaned her up with a ‘rag’ and threatened her with a dane gun if she tells anyone.

Confirming the bad news, Mrs. Mary Michael, the mother of the victim, said they she was inside the room cleaning when a neighbor broke in with a ‘thunderous voice’ to report the ugly incidence.

“We were inside the house when some people shouted my name and said I should come and see what has happened to my daughter”. Stressing further, she said her daughter was weeping that one Alhaji called her and carried her inside the house.

Mrs. Mary revealed that she took her daughter to the hospital where a doctor disclosed that her daughter was truly raped.

However, Mr. Ganiyu tried denying the allegations. While denying the allegation, the old man who managed to talk said he did not have carnal knowledge of the little girl.

“They are lying. I didn’t rape her,” He said softly as if looking for pity.

He said the little girl only approached him to buy her biscuit which he did by giving her money.

“I only gave her money to buy biscuit for herself when she complained that she is hungry”.

But when asked by our correspondent how much he gave her, the old man refused to talk and pretended to be sick.

Many residents who spoke on the incidence accused him of being a serial rapist. They alleged that the old man who also engages in local voodoo practices reported claims that his “gods” are pleased when he rapes little virgins.

SaharaReporters gathered that the old man, who is a hunter, had been living on the street for close to 10 years

Meanwhile, officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State command already arrested Mr. Ganiyu.

The spokesman of the command, Mr Kayode Balogun told SaharaReporters that the accused is “presently in our custody and will be taken to court soon”.

Limbaugh Uses Rape Analogy to Blast Filibuster Rule Change.

Image: Limbaugh Uses Rape Analogy to Blast Filibuster Rule Change

By Cathy Burke

Rush Limbaugh used a rape analogy Friday to criticize the Senate’s filibuster rule change that makes it easier for the majority party to confirm presidential nominees.

“The simple fact is, when the majority in any group of people, when the majority can change the rules at any time, then there aren’t any rules,” the bombastic radio talk-show host said to explain his point about the “nuclear option.”

He then went into a long rape analogy.

“Forget the Senate for a minute,” Politico said he told listeners

“Let’s say, let’s take 10 people in a room, and they’re a group. And the room is made up of six men and four women. Right? The group has a rule that the men cannot rape the women. The group also has a rule that says any rule that will be changed must require six votes of the 10 to change the rule.”

Then he said, according to a transcript of the audio on Huffington Post:

“Every now and then, some lunatic in the group proposes to change the rule to allow women to be raped. But they never were able to get six votes for it. There were always the four women voting against it and they always found two guys.

“Well, the guy that kept proposing that women be raped finally got tired of it, and he was in the majority, and he was one that [said], ‘You know what? We’re going to change the rule. Now all we need is five.’

“And well, ‘you can’t do that.’ ‘Yes, we are. We’re the majority. We’re changing the rule.’

“And then they vote. Can the women be raped? Well, all it would take then is half of the room. You can change the rule to say three. You can change the rule to say three people want it, it’s going to happen. There’s no rule when the majority can change the rules, there aren’t any.”

Limbaugh said the only reason behind the Senate’s invoking the “nuclear option” is that President Barack Obama “can’t get what he wants democratically.”

Senate Democrats took the dramatic step Thursday of eliminating filibusters for most nominations by presidents — a power play they said was necessary to fix a broken system, but one that Republicans said will only rupture it further.

Politico reported that Limbaughs analogy triggered a flurry of sharp rebukes on social media.

Ana Marie Cox, a political columnist for The Guardian, wrote on Twitter, “Limbaugh using a rape analogy to explain the filibuster really takes mansplaining to a level I never imagined.” founder Hilary Sargent then tweeted “rape-splaining.” 

Media Matters research fellow Oliver Willis tweeted, “rush limbaugh really games out how you could theoretically vote to rape women. hes just throwing it out there folks,” while Media Matters colleague Todd Gregory called it  “dumb, glib” and “such a perfect encapsulation of rape culture, it should be put in a museum.”

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Justin Barasky posted this tweet: “my goodness will someone tell him to [shut] up. Seriously?” and “I’m sure Rush’s comments were actually made my a ‘junior staffer’ right folks?”

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South African Anene Booysen rapist jailed for life.


Johannes Kana, 22, admitted raping Anene Booysen but not killing her

A South African man found guilty of the rape and brutal murder of a 17-year-old girl has been sentenced to two life terms in prison by a court near Cape Town.

State prosecutors had requested this sentence – without parole – for 22-year-old Johannes Kana.

Anene Booysen died in February, hours after she was mutilated in a case that caused national outrage.

South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world.

‘Shocking and inhumane’

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At the scene

image of Nomsa MasekoNomsa MasekoBBC News, Swellendam

Shortly before his sentence was handed down I approached Johannes Kana and asked him how he was feeling. “I feel good because I know I’m not guilty of killing Anene,” he said confidently. He confessed to assaulting and raping the teenager during the trial but denied killing her.

He did not show any emotion as Judge Patricia Goliath referred to the brutality of his attack on Anene Booysen. She said the “barbaric attack gave the court an idea of the type of person Kana is” and that the 22-year-old “did not show any remorse for the crimes he committed”.

When the judge handed down the sentence, some of Miss Booysen’s relatives started sobbing quietly. But Kana’s uncle reacted by clapping his hands and laughing. He described the verdict as “a joke”.

The attack sparked anger and outrage over the high levels of violence against women in South Africa. The government and police often come under fire for the low conviction rate of sexual offenders. But this time things were done differently: the trial was fast tracked and a stiff sentence was handed down.

The BBC’s Nomsa Maseko at the court in Swellendam, 220km (136 miles) from Cape Town, says Kana’s uncle clapped his hands and laughed as the judge announced the sentence.

“This is a joke,” he said, adding that the system was unjust.

Many of those attending the trial feel justice has been served, our correspondent says.

But some in the community have raised questions about whether Kana was the only person involved in the attack as Ms Booysen told police before she died that there were several assailants, our reporter says.

She was left for dead at a construction site near her house in Bredasdorp and later died in a Cape Town hospital after she had been raped and disembowelled.

At the time President Jacob Zuma described the attack as “shocking, cruel and most inhumane”.

He called for courts to impose the “harshest sentences” for sexual crimes.

During the trial, doctors who treated Ms Booysen described her horrific injuries – one said they were the worst injuries she had ever seen.

Just before she died, she said in hospital that five or six men had been involved in the attack.

But state prosecutors say that at the time she was intoxicated, in pain and under heavy medication so she may have been confused.

Three suspects were initially arrested but only Kana stood trial.

A group of people, with washing lines with women's underwear pegged to it, call for the South African government to act against rape and abuse of women - 27 February 2013Anene Booysen’s rape and murder outraged South Africans

He confessed to raping Ms Booysen but denied killing her.

Meanwhile, charges against four of five men accused of kidnapping, raping and killing two young girls in Diepsloot, a shanty town north of Johannesburg, were withdrawn at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The state prosecutor said evidence showed the men were not in Diepsloot at the time of the crime last month.

A fifth man remains in custody and the case was postponed until 27 November to allow for further investigation.

Last year, South African police figures show that 64,000 incidents of rape were reported last year.

Police say that a child is raped every three minutes in the country.

Four Indian Men Sentenced to Death in Gang-Rape Case.

NEW DELHI — Four men were sentenced to death on Friday for fatally raping a young woman on a bus last December in an attack that triggered angry protests and widespread calls for the execution of her attackers.

Judge Yogesh Khanna, who convicted the men for gang rape and “cold-blooded” murder earlier this week, rejected their lawyers‘ plea for a lighter sentence.

“Everybody got the death penalty,” said one of the defense lawyers, A.P. Singh, outside the courtroom.

The woman, a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist, and a male friend were lured onto a bus by five men and a teenager. The woman was then repeatedly raped and tortured with a metal bar. Her injuries were so severe that she died two weeks later.

One of the five men arrested in connection with the attack committed suicide in prison in March, while the teenager was sentenced to three years in a reformatory last month, the maximum sentence that be given to juveniles under Indian law.

Khanna’s ruling still has to be ratified by the Delhi High Court, and the four men can appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. The appeals process could take years, lawyers said.

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