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Delhi gang-rape four convicted
Publication Date : 11-09-2013
Nearly nine months after the December 16 gang-rape that shook India, a special fast track court Tuesday convicted the four adult accused for the rape and cold-blooded murder of a “defenceless” 23-year-old paramedical student. The court is likely to pronounce its order on the quantum of sentence Wednesday.
The verdict was welcomed by the public calling it justice for themselves and demanded death for all the four; Mukesh (26), Vinay Sharma (20), Pawan Gupta (19) and Akshay Thakur (28).
The judge also added that even though proceedings against accused Ram Singh (34) were abated on his death (he allegedly committed suicide inside Tihar jail in March), he is also convicted for the same offences. Another accused who was tried and found guilty by the Juvenile Justice Board has been given a maximum of three years sentence in a reformation home.
While the victim's parents, who were inside the courtroom, welcomed the conviction, soon after the verdict was delivered, Pawan broke down while Vinay was in a state of shock. The lawyers for the accused said they will approach the High Court against the order.
In his 237-page judgment, Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said, “The facts of the case make all accused liable for the cold-blooded murder of the defenceless prosecutrix and thus the offence under Section 302 (murder) read with Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC stands proved and the accused persons are thus convicted …all the accused in pursuance of the conspiracy committed gang-rape with the prosecutrix and thus are convicted under section 376(2)(g) (gangrape) of the IPC with the aide of section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) IPC."
The court found that DNA analysis duly establish the identity of the victim and of the accused persons beyond doubt to be the persons inside the bus at the relevant time. Besides, the court also relied upon the finger print report and the odontology report of the bite marks on the body of the victim to conclude that the convicts were the persons who had brutally attacked and gang-raped the victim.
A number of protesters calling for a harsh sentence gathered outside the court to await the verdict. “Hang Them! Hang Them,” they chanted soon after the verdict was passed down.