New Delhi Gang Rape Update: Convicted Men Could be Sentenced to Death

Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh were found guilty this past Tuesday in New Delhi, following the death of a 23-year-old female student last December. In a trial that lasted about seven months, the Delhi court found the men guilty of murder, rape and kidnapping. The judge presiding over the cased announced he would hand down the sentence this Friday afternoon.

Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan had requested the death penalty, stating, “There can be nothing more diabolic than a helpless girl put through torture.” On the other hand, the defense attorney for Sharma had requested life imprisonment, saying, “The court must bear in mind that life imprisonment is the rule and the death sentence is the exception.”


Following the death of the student last December, multiple protests sparked across the nation calling for the better treatment of women. This past January, police finally brought charges against five of the accused. A sixth was not included because he was only 17 at the time. After Ram Singh (the driver of the bus) committed suicide in his jail cell on March 11 (although his family believes he was murdered), that brought the number of defendants down to four.

While stricter anti-rape laws have been passed by the Indian government (including the death penalty for repeat offenders), the question is whether such laws will be enforced, and more importantly, how that will affect public opinion. According to CNN, “Death sentences issued by Indian courts have rarely been carried out in the past decade. No state executions took place in the country between 2004 and late 2012, when the last surviving gunman from the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai was hanged.”

If the four men get the death penalty on Friday, will things really begin to change for women in India?


Strange Product of The Day: Edible iPhone Case

Because iPhone’s are one of the worlds most popular smartphones, we’ve come across our share of strange iPhone cases. We’ve seen cases covered in fur, cases made to look like a portable phone from the 90’s, and even iPhone cases attached to pepper spray. The possibilities of strange iPhone cases seem endless. Recently, Japan has decided to add onto this list with their latest product- the edible iphone case.

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The Survival Senbei Rice Cracker iPhone 5 Cover is handmade by “Mariko” using only brown rice and salt. For $64, you can have a phone cover that doubles as a tasty snack in case of an emergency. The case is rather fragile and they openly state that it will not do a good job of protecting your phone (in fact there is a disclaimer that the case itself may break during its one month delivery period).

Think no one would be interested in a phone cover that doesn’t even protect the phone? Well you’d be surprised. Once the product started a web mail order, nearly 500 were sold instantly. Clearly, people are taken by the humor of this rice cracker case.

Our verdict? We’re gonna go ahead and pass. We could definitely spend that $64 to get multiple phone cases and some rice crackers. Tell us what you think.

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