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Court delays gang rape executions

on March 16, 2014 1:10 AM

NEW DELHI — The Indian Supreme Court on Saturday temporarily stayed the executions of two of the four men sentenced to death in the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi in 2012, an attack that set off a public outcry and mass protests in India over violence against women.

The Supreme Court stayed the executions until March 31, when the court will hold a hearing on the case. If the court rejects their appeal and upholds the death sentences, the two men can still apply for a mercy petition. A lower court convicted and sentenced the four men in September.

— New York Times News Service

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