On December 16, 2012, Nirbhaya (aka Jyoti Singh Pandey) a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was brutally gang-raped and assaulted by 6 people. The victim later died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital.NEW DELHI: After a nine-month-long trial, all the four convicts in December 16 gangrape and murder case were awarded death penalty by Delhi fast track court on Friday 13th September, 2013. The fast-track court's decision to give death penalty to the four convicts in the Delhi gang-rape case was welcomed by the legal community.
Earlier, the Nirbhaya (Jyoti Singh Pandey's) family demands nothing less than capital punishment, the convicts -- Mukesh (26), Akshay Thakur (28), Vinay Sharma (20) and Pawan Gupta (19) -- have begged for mercy before Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, who had held them guilty of gangrape and “cold blooded” murder of a “defenceless” 23-year-old girl in a premeditated manner. Being found guilty for the murder, the statute provides a minimum of life sentence and maximum of death penalty for such henious crime. The judge says that this was an inhuman act, and comes under rare of the rarest category.
Fruit-seller Mukesh Singh and Pawan Gupta, bus cleaner Akshay Thakur and Gym instructor Vinay Sharma, who were found guilty in all 13 charges, including murder and rape, were given death sentence by judge. Out of the six men arrested in the case, Ram Singh committed suicide inside Tihar Jail. Another accused, who was 17 at the time of the crime, was sent to reform home for three years by a juvenile court.
This case have changed the way of thinking of our society. Now the public have made their mind that the way of getting justice is not easy, and they need to fight for their rights.
The Indian Penal Code (IPC) was amended to provide death penalty in rape cases that cause death of the victim or leave her in a vegetative state. The Criminal Law Amendment Act 2013 also introduced several other new offences such as causing grievous injury through acid attacks, sexual harassment, use of criminal force on a woman with intent to disrobe, voyeurism and stalking.
The court while pronouncing the judgment said that "it cannot turn a blind eye on the rising cases of sexual assualt against women" and that the incident shook the "collective conscience of the society". The court said the case falls under rarest of rare category. "In these times when crime against women are on rise, we cannot turn a blind eye towards such gruesome crime,we need to send a message that it will not be tolerated," the judge said.Noted lawyer Advocate Lekhraj Sharma, Additional Advocate General Punjab, said the decision is fully justified. "If ever there was a rarest of rare case, this is the one. I had full confidence, that the court will give maximum sentence as it is fully justified and appropriate."
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Liz Heron @lheron
Indian court sentenced 4 men to death in the #DelhiGangRape case http://on.wsj.com/160rQwA
Wall Street Journal @WSJ
Breaking: Indian court sentences 4 men to death in Delhi gang rape case. http://wsj.com
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Delhi gangrape verdict: Rarest of rare case, says judge as he pronounced death sentence for the 4 convicts. http://bit.ly/17U54tV
Kiran Bedi @thekiranbedi
Death penalty alone will put a closure to the gruesome delhi-gang murder/rape case.Or it shall go on and on.Crime to punish!
ABC News @abcnews
Widespread calls for death penalty for four men who gang-raped and killed woman on New Delhi bus: http://bit.ly/1b4ffzr
Hindustan Times @htTweets
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Delhi gang-rape case: 4 convicts to be sentenced today, they could face death penalty http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/delhi-gang-rape-case-4-convicts-to-be-sentenced-today-they-could-face-death-penalty-417094 …
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Sayan Roy @sayanroy
@RevatiLaul I am a peace loving person,but the delhi rape case made me want to kill the rapists themselves.Happy for the death sentence.
N KraZy @RapperNkraZy
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Soumen Nayek @ImSNayek
4 rapists in Delhi rape case had been punished yesterday.They will be hanged till death. Meanwhile Damini gets her real justice #FeelingGrt
Bee Lin Ang @angbeelin
Delhi Court Hands Down Death Penalty to Four in Gang Rape Case http://bloom.bg/1da8JoO via @BloombergNews
Alan Hooper @AlanRHooper
Good job, India: Four men sentenced to death in New Delhi gang-rape case that shocked India http://bit.ly/15ZMpz4 via @NBCNewsWorld
Digvijay Sonak @Digvijay_08
Death sentence to the 4 delhi rape convicts at the same day when BJP to announce Modi as PM candidate. Do I smell politics again! #Shameful
Hopefully, this death sentence would create fear in the minds of people for good, and such unfortunate incidents would stop occuring. Though Delhi city have seen a highest number of rape cases in 2013, but we shouldn't lose hope. Let other know, what you think about this death sentence, and whether this is sufficient or there should be something more like electric shocks, hitting with stones, making impotent etc, which is a known practice with rapists in gulf countries.