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India Gang Rape Suspect Found Guilty, Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

31/08/2013 13:28 BST | Updated 31/08/2013 13:38 BST

A teenager has been sent to prison for three years for his part in the gang rape and murder of a student in New Delhi.

The victim's family had been calling for the death penalty, but the sentence was the maximum permitted under India's juvenile punishment laws.

The 18-year-old, who was 17 at the time of the crime, will serve out his sentence, which will include time already spent in jail, in a correction facility.

It is the first time a verdict has been handed down in the case that shocked the world and led to widespread protests across India.

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The teenager is escorted by police

The alleged ringleader of the group, 34-year-old Ram Singh, killed himself in jail in March.

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The 23-year-old student died of internal injuries after the assault, on a Delhi bus last December.

It triggered a national debate about the treatment of women in India.

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The van carrying the guilty man was surrounded by photographers

The teenager, who has not be named, pleaded not guilty to the charges, the BBC reported.

The other four suspects, who are being tried as adults, could still face the death penalty.

Speaking outside court, the victim's mother said: "He got just three years ... from December onwards he has been given three years," Sky News reported.

The guilty man worked at road side restaurants before getting a cleaning job on the bus, Sky said.