NEW DELHI (CNN) — Prosecutors on Wednesday urged a judge to sentence four men to death after they were convicted of the gang rape and murder of a woman in New Delhi last year.
“There can be nothing more diabolic than a helpless girl put through torture,” public prosecutor Dayan Krishnan told the court.
He said the death penalty was justified because of the “extreme brutality” of the attack, which took place on a moving bus in December.
His request for the severest punishment echoes the views voiced by many Indians, including members of the 23-year-old victim’s family, who have called for the men to be hanged.
Defense lawyers, meanwhile, argued for leniency.
“The court must bear in mind that life imprisonment is the rule and the death sentence is the exception,” said V.K. Sharma, the lawyer for one of the convicts.
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