Supreme Court says no power to extend sentence of Delhi gang rape convict

December 21, 2015 7:14 AM

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NEW DELHI The Supreme Court said on Monday it had no power to detain the youngest of the men convicted of the 2012 gang rape of a woman on a bus in New Delhi in a case that shocked the nation, a day after he was released after three years in custody.

The attack turned a global spotlight on the treatment of women in India, where police say a rape is reported every 20 minutes, and the sentence for the young man sparked debate over whether the country is too soft on young offenders.

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