With quantum of sentence order to be passed today, prosecution firm on capital punishment

A fast-track court here on Friday is scheduled to pass order on the quantum of sentence to be borne by the four convicts — Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Mukesh and Vinay Sharma — in the December 16 gang-rape case.

The court had on Wednesday reserved the order for Friday after hearing arguments by the prosecution and the defence counsel. It had on Tuesday held the four guilty of gang-rape, murder and other offences.

The prosecution has sought capital punishment for them, citing the brutality with which the convicts had committed the crime against the 23-year-old physiotherapy student. Defence counsel, however, argued in favour of leniency, submitting that the accused be given a chance to reform themselves.

Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan’s argument before Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna was that keeping in mind the brutality and the diabolical nature of the crime and the depravity of the accused, the four deserved nothing less than the death sentence.

The parents of the victim have also been consistently demanding death for the four, maintaining that nothing less would satisfy them.

However, defence counsel submitted in its counterarguments that India’s criminal justice system was reformatory, not retaliatory.