Moments after four men found guilty of the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old student were sentenced to death, her parents said they were relieved and happy. "I can finally breathe, I am relieved and we are finally at peace. They have got the punishment they truly deserve" said the girl's mother, her husband and two sons by her side. "No victim should remain silent. They must come forward and report the crime."
(a) Offence in the present case has been committed in an extremely brutal, grotesque, diabolical, revolting and thus dastardly manner so as to arouse intense and extreme indignation of society;
(b) Demonstration of exceptional depravity and extreme brutality;
(c) Extreme misery inflicted upon the prosecutrix before her death;
(d) Grave impact of the crime on social order
On the other hand, the mitigating circumstances, as alleged, are (a) the young age of the convict; (b) their socio economic status as also the plea of the reformatory approach and (c) their clean antecedents.
These circumstances, as alleged, have been dealt with by me in my earlier part of this order. The aggravating circumstances thus outweigh the mitigating circumstances. Now, I need to move to R-R Test to see if the case is covered under the bracket of rarest of rare case
Dayan Krishnan, Special Public Prosecutor to NDTV:
"I am relieved that the process is over... I have done my job. As a public prosecutor, I can't say more"
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde addressed the media after a fast-track trial court in Delhi gave the four men, convicted in the December 16 gang-rape case, the death sentence.
This was not just a gang-rape... it was cold-blooded murder... this will be a landmark judgement... glad that they have been given death penalty... a day for all women and victims to celebrate... amendments in law are a must, administration responsible on how they will be implemented
Moments after the four men found guilty of the gangrape and murder of a young student were sentenced to death, the father of the girl said he was 'happy'.
- Justice was given to the girl and her family
- Even earlier, there have been such decisions where the death penalty has been given on rarest of rare cases
- After December 16 last year, we saw the atmosphere in the country and we have implemented the Verma Committee recommendations
- No one can put pressure on the judicial authority
- We have also made amendments to the law to make stalking and harassment of other forms an offence