Four men who repeatedly gang raped a young woman on a bus as it drove around Delhi have been sentenced to death by hanging, in a case that has sparked protests about the safety of women in India.
A 23-year-old female physiotherapy student and her male companion were attacked after they boarded the bus on December 16 last year.
The woman was gang raped and violated with a metal bar before being dumped naked with her friend on the side of the road.
She died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.
There has been a huge clamour for the four men - Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh - to be executed for the attack.
Three days after finding them guilty, Judge Yogesh Khanna said the case fell into the "rarest of rare category", which justified capital punishment.
"In these times when crimes against women are on the rise, courts cannot turn a blind eye to this gruesome act," he announced on Friday, adding in his written statement that the "ghastly" crime had "shocked the collective conscience".
Signing his judgement, he broke the nib of his pen - a custom of judges to convey their hope that such extreme punishments will not be necessary in the future.
All four suspects were teary eyed as they entered the cramped room dressed more smartly than on Tuesday when they were convicted of a string of charges including murder and gang rape.
Sharma cried loudly as the sentence was announced.
"Judge sahib (master), show some mercy!" he also shouted as he was led away.
As the news broke, crowds inside the building and outside the courtroom roared with cheers and applauded the judgement.