The physiotherapy student's parents who have been at the forefront of calls for the accused to be hanged were also present in the court premises.
"We are happy with the conviction. Now we expect the judge to sentence all of them to death," victim's father said after the verdict. "We will get complete closure only if all the accused are wiped off from the face of the earth. This is what they did to our daughter most brutally," he added. The family had been insisting on the death sentence since the inception of the case. "We will not accept anything below the death penalty," the victim's father told in an interview last week. "If they do not get death sentence, my daughter would not get justice, and in the days to come, this crime will take dangerous form," he added. A juvenile has already been sentenced to three years in a correctional facility, while a fifth adult defendant, bus driver Ram Singh, was found hanging in his prison cell in March while awaiting trial.
The student's family were bitterly disappointed with the three-year sentence handed down last month on the youngest defendant, the maximum allowed by law as he was only 17 at the time of the attack.