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Delhi rape case: Capital punishment isn’t justice

By Jessica Abrahams  

Yesterday, the four men convicted of raping and killing a 23-year-old student on a bus in Delhi were sentenced to death. As the news was delivered to crowds waiting outside the courtroom, they erupted in cheers—“Justice, justice!” they shouted. The crime these men committed was truly horrific; beyond comprehension—but the death penalty is not the same as justice. Justice would be taking real measures to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

On Friday, the judge described how the case had “shocked the collective conscience” of India. Indeed, the shock spread far beyond India, drawing a global spotlight to widespread sexual…

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