An Indian court on Friday ordered that the public hanging of the four men convicted of the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a bus would now take place on February 1.

The court had earlier said they would be executed on January 22, a ruling that prompted the convicts to seek last possible legal remedies.

Six people were originally charged with taking part in the brutal attack aboard a city bus that made headlines around the world and triggered massive nationwide protests across India.

One of the six convicted was released after spending three years in a detention centre as a juvenile while another allegedly committed suicide in his prison cell.

The order to hang the four convicts came after the parents of the victim approached the court, saying they were fed up with the delays and appeals.

The Indian Supreme Court had upheld death sentences against the four men in 2017 and since then their execution had been stuck in a legal quagmire.


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