India Convicts 3 in Gang Rape of American

Verdict comes on heels of Delhi bus anniversary
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2013 8:55 AM CST
India Convicts 3 in Gang Rape of American
Indian women attend a protest demanding the death penalty for six men accused in another rape case, the widely publicized fatal attack aboard a New Delhi bus, in this January 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

India today convicted three Nepalese men in the gang rape of an American tourist in a small Himalayan town, reports the Wall Street Journal, with each of the men drawing a 20-year prison term. The woman, then 30, now 31, was assaulted after accepting a ride back to her guesthouse from a truck driver, who, along with two other men, allegedly assaulted her and left her by the side of the road.

The verdict comes down one day after the anniversary of the fatal gang rape aboard a New Delhi bus that catapulted rape into a major issue in India—and imposed a 20-year minimum sentence for it. There were protest rallies and candlelight vigils in memory of the event around the country yesterday, the AP reports. One Bollywood actress led a troupe of street performers and performed plays all along the fateful bus route. "I don't think things have changed," one protester told al-Jazeera. "It's just that women are less fearful of saying what's happening." (More India stories.)

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