The incident had left rippling effects not only in India but also abroad and strong protests on the streets had forced the authorities to introduce tougher law to punish those who indulged in sexual offences. One of the accused was, however, found hanging in the Tihar Jail in March while the sixth accused was tried in a juvenile court since he was a juvenile at the time of the crime.
The family of the woman has sought maximum punishment for the accused
The four men could face death sentence if found guilty of rape and murder.
The savage assault of the woman, who died two weeks after in a hospital in Singapore, had outraged the nation and rocked the Parliament as well. Women's safety became a national concern although the administration has not succeeded to tighten up the security arrangements adequately, which has been proved by frequent rapes in the country.
Meanwhile, the family of the woman sought maximum punishment for the four accused. It had expressed anguish after the accused juvenile was sent for three-year reforms by the court, inviting strong reaction from various quarters for it was said that it was he who was the most barbaric of all while assaulting the victim.