16/12/2014 11:25 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

In Pictures: The Days That Shook India

An activist places a candle on a pavement during a candle lit vigil to protest against the gang rape of two teenage girls, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Police arrested a third suspect and hunted for two others Saturday in the gang rape and slaying of two teenage cousins found hanging from a tree in Katra village, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a case that has prompted national outrage. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

The horrifying 2012 Delhi gang rape shook the conscience of India like few other incidents before it. Here is a timeline of the events in pictures.

  • Dec 16, 2012
    Dec 16, 2012
    A 23-year-old physiotherapy student is gang raped by five men and a minor for almost an hour in a moving bus in Delhi. She is sexually assaulted with an iron rod. Her male friend, a software engineer, is also beaten. They are thrown on the road, nearly naked and left for dead. News of the gruesome gang rape spreads across India as the student fights for her life in Safdarjung hospital in Delhi.
  • Dec 17, 2012
    Dec 17, 2012
    The police identifies four suspects as protests erupt in the national capital to ensure justice for the student. The demonstrations demanding safety for women in India gather steam in the following days. Thousands march to the India Gate and the president’s palace by breaking through police barricades. Government authorities use tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds but the protests continue.
  • Dec. 22, 2012
    Dec. 22, 2012
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    Last of six suspects, Akshay Thakur, is nabbed by the police. The five other accused are Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and a minor.
  • Dec. 23, 2012
    Dec. 23, 2012
    Demonstrations continue despite a government ban on the gathering of more than five people. Police constable Subhash Tomar is badly injured in the protests. A three-member committee headed by Justice J.S. Verma, a former chief justice of the Supreme Court, is constituted to recommend amendments to the criminal law to provide speedy justice for victims of sexual assault and rape.
  • Dec 24, 2012
    Dec 24, 2012
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appeals for calm in a televised address. Singh said that there was “genuine and justified anger and anguish” but called on citizens “to maintain peace and calm."
  • Dec 25, 2012
    Dec 25, 2012
    Police constable Subhash Tomar dies in a Delhi hospital.
  • Dec 26, 2012
    Dec 26, 2012
    The student is flown to Singapore by the Indian government for treatment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
  • Dec. 29, 2012
    Dec. 29, 2012
    India is grief stricken after the student dies of her injuries in Singapore. “We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4:45 am on 29 Dec 2012,” Mount Elizabeth Hospital’s Dr. Kevin Loh said in a statement. “Her family and officials from the High Commission of India were by her side. The Mount Elizabeth Hospital team of doctors, nurses and staff join her family in mourning her loss,” he said. Delhi police add murder to the charges framed against the six accused.
  • Dec. 30, 2012
    Dec. 30, 2012
    The student’s body is flown back to India. Demonstrations continue and protestors light candles to mark her passing.
  • Jan 2, 2013
    Jan 2, 2013
    Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir inaugurates the first fast track court in Delhi to deal with sex crimes against women. "It is good to know that after this rather tragic incident of December 16, people have started raising their voices against certain crimes against society, against crime against women. But the immediate reaction of people has been that don’t put these persons to trial, hand them over to us, we will deal with them, hang them,” Justice Kabir said. "Now these kinds of sentiments, which are emotional, are rather dangerous sentiments. But these emotions will continue until the matter comes to us and we deal with them expeditiously, he said.
  • Jan 3, 2013
    Jan 3, 2013
    Police file charge sheet against five adults for murder, gang rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting in committing robbery, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy. The case of the minor is to be filed before the juvenile justice board.
  • Jan. 17, 2013
    Jan. 17, 2013
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    Fast track court starts proceedings against five adults.
  • Jan 23, 2013
    Jan 23, 2013
    The Justice Verma committee submits its recommendations that include broadening the definition of sexual assault, special courts dedicated to hearing cases of sexual offences and police reforms to inspire public confidence. The panel rejects the death penalty as a punishment for rape.
  • Jan. 28, 2013
    Jan. 28, 2013
    Juvenile Justice Board rules that the sixth accused is a minor.
  • Mar 11, 2013
    Mar 11, 2013
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    Ram Singh, one of the accused men, is found hanging in his cell in Tihar jail, Delhi. Police claim Singh committed suicide but his family suspects foul play.
  • Mar 21, 2013
    Mar 21, 2013
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    India approves a tougher laws to punish sex crimes including the death penalty for repeat offenders.
  • Aug 31, 2013
    Aug 31, 2013
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    Juvenile Justice Board sentences the minor to three years in a correctional facility for gang rape and murder. The student's family and many protesters demand death penalty for the teenager.
  • Sep. 10, 2013
    Sep. 10, 2013
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    Delhi trial court finds four adult accused guilty of murder and gang rape. They are sentenced to death on Sep. 13.
  • Oct 7, 2013
    Oct 7, 2013
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    Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur file a joint appeal against their conviction and sentence in the Delhi High Court.
  • Mar 13, 2014
    Mar 13, 2014
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    Delhi High Court upholds the death sentence against the four convicted men. “Death sentence awarded by the trial court is affirmed. The appeals of the convicts are dismissed,” the court said.
  • Delhi Gang Rapists Sentenced To Death
    Delhi Gang Rapists Sentenced To Death
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    India’s Supreme Court stays the death penalty for Mukesh and Pawan Gupta who appeal against the decision of the Delhi High Court. The Supreme Court stays the execution of Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur on July 14, 2014.