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Delhi gang-rape: Four men sentenced to death

Delhi gang-rape: Four men sentenced to death
A Delhi court has handed out the death sentence to four men convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old medical student on December 16, 2012.

Sep 13, 2013 17:33 (IST)
Delhi gang-rape: read verdict on death sentence here
"She was tortured to the very end...the court cannot turn a blind eye to this gruesome act," said the judge.
Sep 13, 2013 16:51 (IST)
"We are happy. Justice has been delivered," says Delhi braveheart's family
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."
Sep 13, 2013 16:21 (IST)
It will send a strong message. Now people will be scared of committing such a heinous crime, says Anna Hazare.
Sep 13, 2013 16:09 (IST)
Braveheart's mother is finally at peace
"I am satisfied now, and we are finally at peace. They have been given the punishment which they truly deserved," she said as tears welled up in her eyes.
Sep 13, 2013 16:06 (IST)
After sentencing:

Sep 13, 2013 15:59 (IST)
Crowds outside court after verdict:

Sep 13, 2013 15:41 (IST)
Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna's order:

(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
Sep 13, 2013 15:39 (IST)

Sep 13, 2013 15:32 (IST)

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"

Sep 13, 2013 15:26 (IST)
"It was a very emotional day for us. We are happy with this judgment. They should be hanged as soon as possible: Delhi Braveheart's uncle
Sep 13, 2013 15:25 (IST)
The girl's family has got justice, says Home Minister
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.
Sep 13, 2013 15:22 (IST)
Shaina NC, BJP leader:

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

Sep 13, 2013 15:18 (IST)

Sep 13, 2013 15:15 (IST)

Sep 13, 2013 15:15 (IST)

Sep 13, 2013 15:09 (IST)
Four convicts get death; we are happy, says girl's father
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'.
Sep 13, 2013 15:04 (IST)

Sep 13, 2013 15:01 (IST)

Sep 13, 2013 15:01 (IST)
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde:

  • 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

Sep 13, 2013 14:58 (IST)
Convicts taken away from court after sentencing

Sep 13, 2013 14:56 (IST)

Sep 13, 2013 14:52 (IST)
Tejinder Luthra, Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi Police:

"We are extremely satisfied with the verdict... today's verdict has raised our hopes

"It has done two things. First, it has a sent a message of deterrence to criminals; secondly, it has also sent a message of faith for the common man in the criminal justice system"
Sep 13, 2013 14:49 (IST)
Inside the courtroom ahead of sentencing:

  • One of the convicts, Mukesh Singh, seen chatting with cops
  • Other three were silent
Sep 13, 2013 14:46 (IST)

"Besides discussing others offences, I straightaway come to section 302 (murder) of IPC. This falls under inhuman nature of the convicts and the gravity of offence they committed cannot be tolerated. Death sentence is given to all the four convicts," Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said.

"Girl was tortured till the very end

"Cannot turn a blind eye towards such gruesome crime," he added.
Sep 13, 2013 14:44 (IST)

Sep 13, 2013 14:41 (IST)
One of the accused, Vinay Sharma, reportedly broke down in court after the sentencing
Sep 13, 2013 14:36 (IST)
AP Singh, Defence lawyer:

  • The order has come under political pressure
  • If no rape incident occurs in Delhi after this verdict, I assure you that we will not appeal in higher courts
  • But if rapes recur, then the idea of sending out a message with this verdict will be proved to be flawed
  • Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had already spoken to all concerned before September 10 to ensure this was the outcome of the verdict
  • The convicts are disappointed but they always knew the outcome
Sep 13, 2013 14:35 (IST)

"We are very happy. Justice has been delivered," father of Delhi Braveheart told reporters inside court flanked by his wife and sons: AFP

Sep 13, 2013 14:32 (IST)
All four convicts to hang, rarest of rare cases, says judge
The Delhi gang-rape case provoked national outrage and led to massive protests across India in December last year.
Sep 13, 2013 14:32 (IST)
Court sentences to death all four convicted on Tuesday
Sep 13, 2013 14:25 (IST)
Riot police deployed outside court as a preventive measure
Sep 13, 2013 14:24 (IST)
Scene outside courtroom:

Sep 13, 2013 14:04 (IST)
At least 10 cops escorting Defence lawyer AP Singh to the courtroom; he was heckled by protesters outside the court on Wednesday
Sep 13, 2013 13:44 (IST)
Four convicts brought to court, Delhi Braveheart's family to arrive soon
Sep 13, 2013 13:41 (IST)
Elaborate security arrangements at District Court in Saket ahead of sentencing

Sep 13, 2013 12:11 (IST)
AP Singh, Defence Lawyer:

  • The position of the case has been changed due to political pressure
  • We believe that judgment won't be fair now
  • I will go before the Honourable High Court with full confidence
  • This is completely wrong

Sep 13, 2013 12:10 (IST)
Spare my son, he is a good boy, pleads a mother
The mother of one of the four men who will be sentenced on Friday for raping and murdering a young student on a Delhi bus has called for leniency, describing her son as "a good boy."
Sep 13, 2013 09:30 (IST)
Mother of Vinay Sharma, one of the four convicted men, ahead of sentencing:

  • All that is happening is one sided
  • Nobody listens to us
  • They are making fun of our poverty
  • Even we have problems
  • He is a kid, if a child commits a mistake, do they not forgive them?
  • We never allowed him to go anywhere
  • We have two daughters too
  • I am not saying that what happened was good
  • We all were praying for her life
  • I think that whatever the judge will decide will be good
  • He will listen to everyone
  • I am just saying that they should be given a chance to improve

Sep 13, 2013 09:04 (IST)
Police cordon off both sides of the road leading to the trial court in south Delhi's Saket
Sep 13, 2013 08:56 (IST)
Four convicts to be sentenced today
The much-awaited closure in a case that triggered nationwide protests and soul-searching about the treatment of women in India may happen today with a Delhi fast-track court set to announce the quantum of punishment for the gang-rape and murder of a young student last December.
Sep 11, 2013 15:41 (IST)
Rapists were merciless, deserve death, say prosecutors
Prosecutors sought the death sentence Wednesday for four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi in December, saying the "diabolical" crime had shocked the country's conscience.
Sep 11, 2013 15:37 (IST)
'Innocent!', shouted rapists; sentence on Friday
"I am innocent! I am innocent!" shouted one of the four men found guilty of the gang-rape and murder of a young student on a moving bus in Delhi as the group arrived at court this morning.
Sep 11, 2013 14:55 (IST)
Braveheart's father says he is extremely disturbed by the arguments today. "They say, the accused have a family. They didn't remember their family while assaulting my daughter," he says.

"Mahatma Gandhi said can't take a life, they have taken my daughters life," he added.

Sep 11, 2013 14:17 (IST)
Defence lawyer AP Singh:

  • Order on sentence will be delivered at 2:30 pm on Friday
  • Prosecution seeks death penalty
  • Defence demanded that they are not habitual criminals and must be given a chance to reform

Sep 11, 2013 14:05 (IST)
Sentence to be announced on Friday at 2:30 pm.
Sep 11, 2013 14:03 (IST)
Defence lawyer: "Mukesh's mother has already lost one son (Ram Singh). Main us Ma ki taraf se desh‎ ko bheek maangta hoon!" (I am pleading on behalf of his mother).
Sep 11, 2013 13:54 (IST)
Defence lawyer: The court cannot allow emotions to affect judicial proceedings.
Sep 11, 2013 13:53 (IST)
Defence lawyer: Mukesh didn't do anything. He was only driving the bus.

Judge: If he didn't do anything, why didn't he go to the police?

Sep 11, 2013 13:49 (IST)
Defence lawyers says police don't investigate cases properly. The judge replies by asking him to focus on the case and not make 'general statements on failure of police investigation.'

Sep 11, 2013 13:37 (IST)
Akshay has old parents, a wife, and a two- year-old child. He should be shown mercy, argues the defence lawyer.
Sep 11, 2013 13:22 (IST)
Defence argues: The Batla House encounter convict got a life sentence. He was let off due to vote bank politics. Why was that terrorist not given death while it's being considered for these men?
Sep 11, 2013 13:17 (IST)
Defence lawyer cites the poor background of the accused, says they're from backward districts. Vinay, he says, is a good student, applied to the Air Force.

"Our MPS are accused of many crimes. Many are facing charges of rape, murder dacoity. There's no fast track court to try their cases," he adds.

Sep 11, 2013 13:16 (IST)
Defence lawyer AP Singh says 'poor get jailed because they can't hire good lawyers'. "Why are u saying this when you are representing the accused here," replies judge.
Sep 11, 2013 13:02 (IST)
Defence argues: "Terror suspects have been acquitted by courts. These boys are not terrorists"!
Sep 11, 2013 12:59 (IST)
Pawan Kumar's lawyer cites his young age, social background as "mitigating" factors, says he is a young, uneducated boy who was under the influence of alcohol, had no specific role.

"The state should not take simplistic steps like execution to show that they are taking steps to curb crimes against women, when larger issues are being ignored

"Political considerations cannot be allowed to take over, execution is not the answer.

"97% of cases in India end in acquittal... questions are often raised about the investigations"
Sep 11, 2013 12:47 (IST)
Defence quotes Mahatma Gandhi in court: "God gives life, God alone can take it"!
Sep 11, 2013 12:15 (IST)
Defence argues: "Capital punishment is a violation of fundamental rights... Humanity rests on reverence for human life"
Sep 11, 2013 12:07 (IST)
Lawyer of Pawan Gupta, one of the four convicted yesterday: "He may have been on the bus... But that does not make him liable for all the offences"
Sep 11, 2013 12:04 (IST)
"Prisons are expected to reform... Murderers are not born but made... And can be unmade," argues a defence lawyer, quoting a Supreme Court judgement
Sep 11, 2013 12:01 (IST)
Defence argues: "Special reasons for the death penalty must relate to the criminal and not the crime... Pawan is the youngest, only 19... There's possibility of reform"

Sep 11, 2013 11:55 (IST)
Defence argues: "Individual role should be taken into account while deciding on the sentence. Death is extinction of fundamental rights. Must be examined carefully."
Sep 11, 2013 11:46 (IST)
Defence lawyers ask for leniency, argue that life imprisonment is the rule, death sentence an exception
Sep 11, 2013 11:35 (IST)
The lawyer of Mukesh Singh, one of the four convicted men, raises objections to Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's remarks that the death penalty be handed down.

Court says that may be the Minister's personal view, it will go by evidence.
Sep 11, 2013 11:32 (IST)
"They killed a helpless girl. They showed no mercy even when she prayed for mercy. There should be no mercy for merciless convicts," says prosecution.
Sep 11, 2013 11:29 (IST)
"This was a premeditated crime. It falls in the category of rarest of rare cases," argues prosecution in court.
Sep 11, 2013 11:25 (IST)
Prosecution demands death sentence for four convicted
Sep 11, 2013 11:19 (IST)
Arguments on the quantum of sentence begin
Sep 11, 2013 11:09 (IST)
Convicts brought inside courtroom
Sep 11, 2013 11:07 (IST)
We are innocent, shouted rapists on way into court
The four men convicted of the rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in Delhi were brought to court today where their sentence could be announced.
Sep 11, 2013 11:01 (IST)
Mother of Vinay Sharma, one of the four convicted men:

This is completely wrong... This is unfair... They are just doing it under political pressure... They are all worried about their chair... He was the earning hand in our family... His father is also not well... They (convicted men) are held in conspiracy

Sep 11, 2013 10:58 (IST)
TV reporters not being allowed inside the courtroom
Sep 11, 2013 10:57 (IST)
Four convicts, while being brought to court, screamed "we are innocent" to the waiting mediapersons
Sep 11, 2013 09:30 (IST)
Parents of Delhi Braveheart have left for court

The mother of the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern said she wants the four convicted by the court yesterday to hang. "This will be justice for her and for everyone,"she said.

She also compared the outrage in the country after her daughter's death to the one witnessed after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
Sep 11, 2013 09:22 (IST)
Four convicts to be sentenced today, they could face death penalty
The four men who were convicted yesterday for the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi last year will be sentenced today. They could face the death penalty.
Sep 11, 2013 00:59 (IST)
Delhi gang-rape: Death penalty the only way?
Finally a verdict, and justice for India's braveheart. Convicting all the four accused for raping and murdering the 23-year-old girl in December, the judge called it a cold-blooded murder of a defenceless girl. As we look ahead to the sentencing, we discuss if death penalty is the only way to get closure in this case.
Sep 11, 2013 00:58 (IST)
Delhi gang-rape verdict: How prosecution won the case
The man behind the prosecution team, Delhi Police's Joint Commissioner of Police Vivek Gogia, tells NDTV how they made their case foolproof and how dental records were used for the first time. Young members of Justice Verma's team also join on this special edition of Agenda.
Sep 11, 2013 00:57 (IST)
Delhi gang-rape verdict: power of protest?
The Delhi gang-rape protests gave birth to a national movement. What sentence would ensure a sense of justice?
Sep 10, 2013 19:47 (IST)
Delhi gang-rape verdict: 4 convicted for rape & murder in case that shook India
Four of the six men arrested for the facinorous attack were found guilty of rape and murder by a fast-track court, one of the changes her case has driven in India. They will be sentenced tomorrow; they could face the death penalty.
Sep 10, 2013 19:45 (IST)
Vivek Gogia, Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi, to NDTV:

  • Braveheart's mental strength was a great support to our investigation
  • Evidence recorded in systematic way before magistrate led to successful prosecution
  • Her statement was made before a magistrate and could never be questioned
  • Our Commissioner has started a lecture series - I delivered a lecture on standards and methodology followed
Sep 10, 2013 16:54 (IST)
Delhi gang-rape: judge praises Delhi Police, earlier flayed for lapses
While convicting four men for the December 16 gang-rape case that forced a national uproar demanding better safety for women, the judge who handled the trial said the investigation was buoyed by exceptional initiative by the Delhi Police.
Sep 10, 2013 16:30 (IST)
"Victim's family has expressed satisfaction at the verdict. Delhi Police is committed to act professionally in this case and in other cases," says senior police officer
Sep 10, 2013 15:57 (IST)
She could make anyone smile, says friend who was with paramedic student
As he recalls the attack that killed his best friend and left him grievously wounded, the young IT operator still can't fathom the depravity they encountered on a moving bus.
Sep 10, 2013 15:52 (IST)
Post December 16, Delhi breaks 10-year record on rapes
India's capital, whose name was mud after the December 16 gang-rape and several such incidents after that, recorded a staggering 1,036 rape cases in the first eight months of this year, according to police data. The figure is the highest in the last 10 years.
Sep 10, 2013 15:23 (IST)
A planned act with the intention of killing the girl, says judge
In his 237-page order, Justice Yogesh Khanna also praised the police and prosecution for their work.
Sep 10, 2013 15:15 (IST)
The men found guilty
At least three of the four men convicted for the December 16 Delhi gang-rape case will appeal against today's verdict, their lawyers said.
Sep 10, 2013 14:59 (IST)

Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said:

# total 237 pages order

# appreciation for prosecution for their work

Death: Section 302

# The manner in which these rods were used and the injury on the body of victims rules out the possibility that these accused brought these rods only to overpower... the act of insertion of rod and pulling the internal organ after committing the gang-rape can, in no manner, be seen as an act done only to facilitate the commission of gang-rape... rather this aspect makes the act of pulling out the internal organ of the victim to kill her an intentional act

# These acts were done in a planned manner as earlier also they (accused) robbed a person

# Throwing out the two from the bus definitely shows that it has been done with the intention of certainty resulting in death

# 18 internal injuries to several organs make this act done with certainty of causing death... the fact that there was no mitigating circumstances for commission of this inhuman and brutal attack on victim

# These aspects make the act a planned act as well as an act done with the intention of causing death

# Accused persons adopted a unique modus operandi to do the acts... they besides causing external bodily harm, inserted the rod... did this act repeatedly and pulled out the internal vital organ by the hand... all these circumstances made the act of accused an intended act done with sole intention of causing death

Gang-rape: 376 (2) (g)

# If the accused person participated in the incident, the question as to who committed rape or who could not rape becomes irrelevant for conviction of gang-rape

Sep 10, 2013 14:27 (IST)
Brinda Karat, CPI(M) leader on verdict:

  • Hope other court cases also get a fair and quick trial
  • Even though there was strong evidence, it still took nine months for a verdict
  • This needs to change for all cases of sexual assault
  • This case will have an impact on other cases too
Sep 10, 2013 14:25 (IST)
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to NDTV:

  • Shocking incident, shook up each one of us
  • Police must be more vigilant, responsive
Sep 10, 2013 13:59 (IST)
RK Singh, former Home Secretary, welcomes verdict:

  • Await quantum of punishment
  • Guilty should be awarded death penalty
  • Guilty should be punished asap, it should be fast-tracked
  • Boys mature early now, therefore juvenile age should be brought down to either 14 or 15
  • A lot needs to change in Delhi
  • Proper investigation, faster chargesheets and trials are prerequisites to bringing about a real change
  • Quick detection and fast trials are much-needed

Sep 10, 2013 13:45 (IST)

Sep 10, 2013 13:43 (IST)
At least three of four convicts to appeal
At least three of the four men convicted Tuesday of gang raping and murdering a student on a New Delhi bus last December will appeal the guilty verdicts, lawyers said on Tuesday.
Sep 10, 2013 13:41 (IST)
Ranjana Kumari, Women's rights activist:

  • Verdict has sent a message that these crimes will not be tolerated
  • This is an encouragement to women that they should report crimes, it is not a matter of shame to report crimes
  • All four were crying in the court, if only they had this remorse earlier
  • Every single rapist should know they will not be spared
  • The message has to go out loud and clear

Sep 10, 2013 13:39 (IST)
Judge praises Delhi Police probe:

  • The police should do similar work in other cases as well
  • Judge makes a special mention of Investigating Officer Anil Sharma

Sep 10, 2013 13:29 (IST)
Guilty on 13 counts; arguments on sentencing tomorrow
The men were convicted on 13 counts which included destruction of evidence. Lawyers said that the student's testimony, given in hospital before she died, and forensic evidence established their guilt.
Sep 10, 2013 13:28 (IST)
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on verdict:

Under the new law, these four should be hanged... If they are hanged, then it will set an example for other rapists... All five were guilty but one got away easy

Sep 10, 2013 13:26 (IST)
Congress General Secretary Ambika Soni on verdict:

I hope the the accused will be handed out tough punishment tomorrow... the sentencing should reflect the new, stringent laws introduced to check sexual crimes against women
Sep 10, 2013 13:18 (IST)
The parents of one of the convicts, Mukesh Singh, left the crowded court in tears and his mother threw herself at the feet of one of the lawyers, sobbing, reports AFP
Sep 10, 2013 13:09 (IST)
Defence Lawyer VK Anand: All four have been found guilty under all the charges... There should be some relaxation for Mukesh... He cooperated with the court

Sep 10, 2013 12:58 (IST)
Will appeal against verdict, says Defence Lawyer AP Singh:

We were hoping this kind of judgement will not be delivered... Vinay Sharma wasn't present in the bus during the incident... Akshay Kumar Singh wasn't in Delhi either... This is not a fair trial... pronounced guilty even though they were not present at the scene of crime

Sep 10, 2013 12:56 (IST)
Judge, in verdict, says, "I convict all of the accused. They have been found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offences, destruction of evidence.. and for committing the murder of the helpless victim," praises police for a thorough probe in the case