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Updated: March 14, 2014 03:19 IST

High Court upholds death sentences in Delhi rape case

Nirnimesh Kumar
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This file combo photo shows Delhi gangrape case convicts (clockwise from left) Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta (face covered), Akshay Thakur and Mukesh Singh.
This file combo photo shows Delhi gangrape case convicts (clockwise from left) Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta (face covered), Akshay Thakur and Mukesh Singh.

Bench points to "brutality of the crime and the grotesque and diabolical way it was committed"

The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of all four convicts in the December 16, 2012, gang-rape and murder of a physiotherapy student.

Dismissing the appeals of the four convicts — Akshay Kumar Singh, Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta — for commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment, a Division Bench of Justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani said “rage of the society would not be satisfied...and that it is a case of the gravest crime of extreme brutality.”

Reacting to the ruling, the mother of the 23-year-old victim said: “We have full faith in the judicial system of our country and had expected this verdict. But we will be fully satisfied only when the convicts meet their ultimate fate.”

Arguing that the convicts were young, had no antecedents and came from a poor socio-economic background, their counsel sought commutation of the death penalty on these mitigating circumstances.

They submitted that there was hope of reforming them.

But dismissing the argument, the Bench said: “We are constrained to hold that the mitigating circumstances… fade into insignificance in the light of the aggravating circumstances.” The Bench pointed out the “depravity of the mind of the convicts, the brutality of the crime and the grotesque and diabolical way it was committed”.

A fast-track court had on September 13, 2013 awarded death sentence to the four convicts.

Now how much more time (years) does our government want to keep feeding them Briyani in Jail. Hang them quickly and save some cost for the exchequer.

from:  Honga Singh
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 at 14:50 IST

The judgement sends a clear message that the judiciary is not a mute
spectator to the perpetrators of violence against women.

from:  MATHEW
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 at 10:33 IST

Even in case death sentence is abolished, such criminals shall be kept
in jail till death..not released after 14 years just like that

from:  ramesh
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 at 08:47 IST

I am deeply saddened by comments made by some people here. Specially
people who are mentioning that victim should have been more careful
and an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. An eye for an eye
is a misleading statement by father of our nation. Because these
convicts were not extracting eye from the victim. They were extracting
her respect, her life from her which can never be brought back. Such
statements can be made only by coward people who are hiding behind
curtains of false manhood. Had our country abide by life for life
principle, we could have been free nation much before of 1947. There
is a value for everyone's life. If someone disrespects it, we have
every right to disrespect his/hers. This is called principle of
natural justice in rest of the world. We had been meek society for too
long accepting whatever happens to us. We had been taken for granted
all the time. Not anymore. Time for us is now to take bold actions and
discipline such people.Good decision by HC.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 at 08:37 IST

Sir, as said by many the Sc also has to act swiftly and sentence the guilty without
delay or verifying mercy petitions so as to put an end to this kind of dodging for
years and beget the trust of the public.

from:  kvl shanta
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 at 07:58 IST

For this particular incident, we should never think of reforming them.
We should think other way. If they were not hanged & released after few
years, public will think like the punishment for this brutal crime is
very less.
The purpose of death penalty itself is to create an fear for doing
crimes. If not given for this murder, this kind of events will continue
to happen.

from:  sreejesh
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 at 07:48 IST

Now that Nirbhaya's case is coming to an end, what about that of Kiran Negi? She was also brutalised and died of wounds to her genital organ. And another thing, rapists such as these do not reform. They remain the inhuman beings they are. Ten years ago a paedophile was allowed to go free after his crime by the judge saying he will change. This person after his release continued to brutalise underage boys and killed a thirteen year old. There many such criminals who fake that they have turned over a new leaf but inside remain the same. If these rapists escape death penalty at least they should never be freed and kept in solitary confinement and die in the jail.

from:  Dilip
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 at 07:29 IST

Some of the comments such as "Can this hanging stop these crimes?" and
"..the victim should have been more careful" are ridiculous to say the
least. Yes, this will stop these crimes being repeated by these
criminals and should scare off at least some other criminals. Can we
stop blaming the victim please. People should have the freedom to go
where they please, safely.
I only hope the sentence is carried out swiftly. As the old saying goes
- Justice delayed is no justice at all.

from:  Pravin
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 at 04:25 IST

They will likely get hanged quickly. Unlucky for them, they (curiously) represent the entire Hindu caste pantheon. If they had been from one community or caste, the chorus to keep them alive would have been deafening.

from:  ashokr
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 at 01:35 IST

The verdict is welcoming. Hope that would soothe the parents and all those who loved and cared for that innocent girl. But still miles to go. Still can't imagine people advocating for such devils and blaming the victim. Looking forward some amendments that would give the minor satan what he deserves.

from:  anil
Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 at 01:04 IST

While the verdict should be cheered by all well meaning people, at the
same time the negligence in hundreds of cases of rape of dalit and
tribal in particular to even register FIR against the rapists mustn't be
forgotten. This mocks the Indian judiciary in the main that the deprived
and vulnerable section do not get justice.

from:  A. K. Biswas
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 23:49 IST

The punishment meted out is well deserved. The punishment should be
well publicised and rape and molestation laws tightend.
But I am afraid, more such incidents will continue to happen. Delhi is
changing for the worse. And being rated as one of the most dangerous
palces for women, even though its the capital, speaks volumes of what
the whole of India is like.

from:  arun
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 23:47 IST

Do this punishment of hanging can stop this kind of crimes?
If the victim was a bit careful, this crime could have been avoided.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 18:15 IST

Some one here lecturing 'will it bring the child back'. Nothing can be
more laughable than that. SO what if child can't be brought back?
Justice is not only about reformation, it is about retribution too.
Losers like you want justice to be 'convict-centric' instead of 'victim-
centric'. The kind of act they committed deserve multiple capital
punishments if it was possible somehow. If that child was yours, you
wouldn't be writing this non sense.

from:  Gopal Verma
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 18:11 IST

When someone takes another's life in such brutal ways, that someone has
forfeited their right to life. No right comes without responsibility.
Welcome the death penalty in this case.

from:  Sana
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 17:57 IST

There should be no delay in the death penalty as they can take advantage
of the inordinate delay in their plea revision.

from:  Shishir
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 17:22 IST

So killing these four going to bring our child alive? is this called law of the forest? didn't our father of the nation say - eye for an eye - makes the whole world blind and don't we have his statues in every town? And what about the society who produced these four? is n't it, the original cancer still thrives deep in the society in their movies which had reduced female into an object of sex, movies that had beautified females to an extent of psychological decease in youth, in their politics, in their age old repressions, in their false beauty standards, in their male oriented patriarchal systems? how long you are going to kill the scapegoats and leave the actual culprits to go and do the same? is this called justice? come on people!!

from:  Uday
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 17:11 IST

Now, it is up to the Supreme Court to dispose of what is proposed by the High Court. The apex court must act quickly, lest it itself commit the same mistake that it has accused the Union Government of, for the release of the several death row convicts. We still have Mercy Petition and the famous queue system that the then Home Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram talked so eloquently about referring to the case of Afzal Guru.

from:  Subramanyam Sridharan
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 17:07 IST

Why does it take this long to uphold death sentence for a crime this gory?

from:  Sarvani K
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 17:04 IST

Can we please get on with the verdict without any delay?

from:  V Chandran
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 16:54 IST

What about Raju alias Mohammed Afroz who was most gruesome and brutal
but let off as juvenile, being 17 years...this is not right. He should
be hanged too.

from:  Jaiprakash
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 16:43 IST

Indian Judicial system be streamlined to carry out sentences without further delay. But the political corruption may hinder in delivering fair justice and miscarriage of justice may take place as scapegoats may be punished. India should re-open the Jessica lal's murder and several other cases and punish those who committed the crimes against women.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 16:30 IST

Salute to the Judge. The verdict to be executed as soon as possible which will create a warning to the society as well as a feel of comfort to our girls.

from:  Mohd. Ayoob
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 16:29 IST

Tribute to Nirbhaya. Until these ghastly criminals go to gallows, her soul watches restlessly.

from:  Vijay Raina
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 16:23 IST

This is only starting point. Can appeal in supreme court, then mercy
petition, delays, then Life sentence and release. Now ready for next
RAPE.This is a continuous story.

from:  R Raman
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 16:19 IST

Excellent verdict!

from:  Sivakumar KP
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 16:18 IST

We also need death penalty for that minor as he is the main culprit.

from:  anil
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 16:17 IST

Well deserved verdict by High Court!!This decision will surely served as a lesson!Now, immediate action should be taken by the concerned authorities for the final act!!

from:  deepak ketkar
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 15:52 IST

Has brought some confidence over our justice system.

from:  John
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 15:52 IST

God, some unemployed intellectuals would be soon out on the street to
save these good souls!

from:  A.Manimaran
Posted on: Mar 13, 2014 at 15:44 IST
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