Showered in Petals
A huge backlog of cases in the slow Indian criminal justice means that many rape victims wait years for justice.
Police are often accused of using extrajudicial killings to bypass the legal process to cover-up botched investigations or to pacify public anger.
Several hundred people flocked to the scene of the four men’s deaths on Friday, setting off firecrackers to celebrate and showering police with flower petals and hoisting them on their shoulders.
Women distributed sweets and tied Hindu ritual threads on the wrists of policemen to thank them.
Like in the infamous 2012 rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus, the case sparked widespread demonstrations and calls for swift and tough justice.
Shortly after the men’s arrest, hundreds of protesters also tried to storm the police station where they were held.
At one demonstration in Delhi, some women wielded swords while one lawmaker called for the men to be “lynched” and another for rapists to be castrated.
Many social media users, including politicians, celebrities and athletes hailed their death.
“Great work #hyderabadpolice ..we salute u,” top women’s badminton player Saina Nehwal tweeted, while fellow badminton star P.V. Sindhu wrote that “Justice has been served!”
Cricketer Harbhajan Singh congratulated police and the state government for “showing this is how it is done(.) no one should dare doing something like this again in future”.
And Rajyavardhan Rathore, a former minister and current MP from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party wrote on Twitter: “Let all know this is the country where good will always prevail over evil”.