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Delhi gangrape: Much awaited order on Friday

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Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration to demand death penalty for the December 16 gangrape accused outside the Saket Court in New Delhi. File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
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Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration to demand death penalty for the December 16 gangrape accused outside the Saket Court in New Delhi. File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The fate of four convicts in the December 16 gangrape and murder case will be known on Friday with a Delhi court set to pronounce the much-awaited order on whether their offence falls in the “rarest of rare” category warranting death sentence.

While the victim’s family demands nothing less than capital punishment, the convicts -- Mukesh (26), Akshay Thakur (28), Pawan Gupta (19) and Vinay Sharma (20) -- have begged for mercy before Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, who had held them guilty of gangrape and “cold blooded” murder of a “defenceless” 23-year-old girl in a premeditated manner.

Having also been convicted for murder, the statute provides a minimum of life sentence and maximum of death penalty.

Demanding gallows for the four, the Delhi Police had on Wednesday claimed there was “no scope for sympathy” for their barbaric crime and pressed that “some crimes are so outrageous that the society also demands strict punishment”.

The defence counsel had, however, sought a chance for their reformation and went to the extent of quoting Mahatma Gandhi saying, “Only God can give life and only He has the right to take it away“.

The victim’s parents, who have been demanding death sentence for the convicts, say, “Justice will only be said to be done when all of them are hanged. Why should the court show mercy to them when they didn’t think twice before assaulting our only daughter?”

The court had on September 10 held the four guilty of various offences including gangrape, murder, unnatural offences, attempt to murder, dacoity, destruction of evidence, conspiracy, kidnapping or abducting in order to murder, while acquitting them of the charge of murder in dacoity.

The juvenile accused was on August 31 convicted and sentenced to a maximum of three years in a reformation home.

On the night of December 16, last year, Ram Singh, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan, Mukesh and the juvenile had gangraped the girl in a bus after luring her and her 28-year-old male friend, who was also assaulted, on board the vehicle, which was later found to be plying illegally on Delhi roads.

The victim’s friend, a software engineer, suffered fractures in his limbs in the incident. The girl succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 at a Singapore hospital.

The incident shook the nation’s conscience and sparked massive protests. It prompted a number of steps by the Centre and the Delhi government to ensure safety of women, curb such incidents and facilitate quick disposal of cases.

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While I feel that the guilty (including the juvenile) deserve a just punishment for their crimes, I cannot help feeling that the case has made a lot of victims apart from the victim of the crime and her family and friends. The families of the criminals too are suffering badly now because of the actions of the guilty. If only they had thought before acting in such a monstrous manner, they would not have acted at all!

from:  Sam
Posted on: Sep 13, 2013 at 13:10 IST

If we don't classify this is ratest of rare, then rare may become common.

from:  VKT
Posted on: Sep 13, 2013 at 05:38 IST

Poor are born condemned for worse, why do we have so much uncertainty/expectation about the inevitable for these convicts?

from:  Ranjan Srivastava
Posted on: Sep 13, 2013 at 01:06 IST

Ha ha ha. Only God can give and take life?? If so, does that make those four pissers are God. Come on man, give me a break. Now I did not go to a fancy institution or study Law but if four people can brutally beaten up, raped and killed a girl who was defenseless they deserve to be hung.
Women are supposedly the weaker sex, quoting the government well why not provide justice in this case. This should have been an open and shut case and not prolonged for more than 9 months..
This should be a lesson for men to treat women with due respect however their act would have an impact on their social environment and also the families way of bringing them up.
Let's just wait to see if our Justice system is actually Just..

from:  CJG
Posted on: Sep 13, 2013 at 00:26 IST

Everybody deserve a second chance but regarding how brutal they are, I
seriously don't think they should be pitied. I'm also a disbeliever of
capital punishment. I just hope the SC will provide a judgement which
they deemed fit.

from:  sid
Posted on: Sep 13, 2013 at 00:15 IST

This......criminals...should be shooted public road nude...running in streets among ppl...!! This may be a lesson for...some our society..who try to disturb women !!

from:  Sudarshan
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013 at 22:58 IST

The defence is right in quoting Mahatma Gandhi that God only gives
life and He can only take it. Here the 4 goons took the precious life of the young girl after looting her modesty HENCE the Mahatmas quotation does not have any vadility or relevance !!!!!!
So the highest punishment of the land should be awarded.

from:  A S Satyanarayana
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013 at 22:06 IST

Death penalty for this kind of monstrous crime while somewhat satisfying
to the families affected,there is a more effective punishment--
Solitary Confinement till the end of their lives.. In this kind of
punishment the criminals would be roasted in their own grease as they
rue their acts every minute of their lives.

from:  Veevip Sarathy
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013 at 22:01 IST

The trend in the nation is very disturbing and lawlessness is being used by most citizen. It requires some harsh and strong message to curb such wrongdoings. No nation is devoid of such acts , but can control with strong punishment. Death sentence for the 4 persons who were merciless is a must judging from the public sentiments.

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013 at 22:01 IST

Well needed punishment

from:  Saravanan
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013 at 21:49 IST

Lot of social introspection to be done.
what is justice and the rationale behind it? What is the
purpose of punishment? I see punishment as a
way the victim or the kin of victim or society feels the
"moral right has been done" and the second purpose of punishment
is to act as a deterrent for others not to do the same. Going by the first logic giving capital punishment might not serve the purpose as the poor girl is gone for ever and killing these devils won't get her back. But yes giving death penalty would definitely set some fear on minds of few men of skewed Indian society where men see it as a obvious right to do anything with women. Also in case these men were given life imprisonment then they would be a financial burden for society or government to keep them live in prison. If the appeals of the defense were considered and these men were given a chance to improve, what is the guarantee of improvement and in case they don't then what should done. Dilemma indeed for society/jury.

from:  Rohit Khanna
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013 at 21:17 IST

Any punishment given to such beasts is less. The way that girl was
tortured not even animals are treated like that.

from:  Vidhi
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013 at 20:34 IST

If court give death sentence to all four convicts. Strong msg spread among criminals.

from:  Vibhu
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013 at 20:29 IST
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