Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday welcomed the death penalty for the four accused in Delhi gang rape case and said it will act as a deterrent against such heinous crimes.

“Death sentence for the guilty in Nirbhaya case served the requirement of justice. It shall act as a deterrent against heinous crimes,” Mr. Chouhan said after a Delhi court pronounced its verdict in the case.

Four convicts in the December 16 gangrape-cum-murder case -- Mukesh (26), Akshay Thakur (28), Pawan Gupta (19) and Vinay Sharma (20) -- were sentenced after the court said that the gravity of the offence cannot be tolerated and the case fell under the ‘rarest of rare’ category, warranting capital punishment.

The four were convicted on September 10, nine months after the 23-year-old paramedic was gang raped and brutally assaulted by six persons in a private bus and thrown out of the moving vehicle along with her male friend in Delhi, evoking nationwide outrage.

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

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