A court in India found four men guilty of the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old New Delhi woman on December 16 last year. The victim, whose father identified her publicly as a medical student named Jyoti Singh Pandey, was attacked with a male friend on a moving bus and sexually assaulted with a metal rod. She was so badly injured that she had to be flown to Singapore to have her intestines removed. She eventually succumbed to her injuries. Singh Pandey’s murder was one of the first high-profile sexual assaults and murders of women and girls in India, which led to the country enacting tougher laws to punish rapists and hold police accountable for ignoring sexualized violence.
Her four attackers were convicted on 11 counts of rape and murder. (A fifth attacker committed suicide in prison and a sixth was under age 18 at the time of the gang rape and was sentenced to three years in a reformatory.) Their sentencing, which includes the possibility of hanging, will be handed down tomorrow. Singh Pandey’s family is pushing for the death penalty. [Toronto Star] [Photo of gavel via Shutterstock]
The arrest of five players on the Vanderbilt football team this summer regarding an alleged gang rape shocked Nashville and college football fans across the nation. The five young men allegedly sexually assaulted an unconscious 21-year-old female student inside a Nashville campus dorm last June. Now, a new BuzzFeed article sheds more light about the alleged incident. To say the details are troubling is to put it mildly: the victim had been out partying on the night of the incident with one of the guys, who then allegedly took her back to his dorm while she was unconscious, where he and his teammates sexually violated her and filmed it.
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