It has been nine months since the horrific gang rape and murder of the 23-year-old woman in Delhi, which triggered an outrage across India. The special court sentenced to death the four convicts in the case on September 13, 2013.
The sentence was announced by Yogesh Khanna, the additional sessions judge, in a packed courtroom at 2:30 pm. The judge said, “Death to all”. The judge further added, “Besides discussing others offenses, I straightaway come to section 302 (murder) of IPC. This falls under inhuman nature of the convicts and the gravity of offense they committed cannot be tolerated. Death sentence is given to all the four convicts”.
The judge went on to say that under such circumstances, when crime against women is rising, the court cannot turn a blind eye towards such barbaric and gruesome crime. Khanna also said that there will not be any tolerance towards the convicts and this crime in every way falls within the rarest of the rare category, warranting a death sentence.
The sentence was also confirmed by Delhi high court. After the verdict was pronounced, the defense lawyer alleged that the judgement was politically biased. The convicts – except Akshay Thakur – started crying when the judgement when delivered. The fifth convict – who was underage during the crime – has been sent to the reform home for three years, while the sixth and main accused, Ram Singh committed suicide while in jail.
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