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Four accused in the December 16 Delhi gangrape case were on Tuesday convicted by a court here. The court will announce the quantum of punishment on Tuesday.

Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna found the four guilty in the case. They were present in the court. They were found guilty on 13 counts.

The court’s decision on accused – Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur — came after almost nine months of the brutal crime in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gang raped in a moving bus.

The charges against the accused include murder, attempt to murder, gangrape, unnatural offence, dacoity, destruction of evidence, conspiracy.

Victim’s father expressed his happiness over the verdict and said he wants death sentence for all the accused. Victim’s mother also said that she is happy with the verdict.

Defence counsel A.P. Singh said the verdict was under political pressure and his clients are innocent.

“Accused did not get a fair trial. It is a mockery of justice. The verdict was only given to appease people,” he said.

“We have made strict laws on rape, death penalty is assured in this case. The guilty will be hanged in all such future cases,” said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on December 16 gangrape verdict.

“The convicts should be given death penalty; this will set an example for the future,” said BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on December 16 Delhi gangrape case.

“All Convicted! This was never in doubt. What is vital is severity of punishment. Justice demands this to be treated a rarest of rare!,” tweeted Kiran Bedi.

“It was one of the most heinous crime that we have come across. We expect capital punishment in this case. We need to fix the delay in our judicial system. Despite the special court in this case it took seven months. Investigation should also be fast,” said former home secretary R.K. Singh.

The incident sparked nationwide protests and nudged the central government into enacting a stringent anti-rape law.

While an accused was found dead in a cell in Delhi’s Tihar jail, a juvenile involved in the crime was on August 31 sent by the Juvenile Justice Board to a reform home for three years after it concluded that he was involved in rape and murder.

Will the four accused get death sentence?

12:40 pm: The Saket court hearing the case held all four accused Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur guilty of being involved in the brutal gangrape and murder which took place on December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in Delhi. The court will announce the quantum of punishment tomorrow.

12:37 pm: All four accused in December 16 Delhi gangrape accused held guilty.

12:02 pm: Court to deliver verdict in Delhi gangrape case shortly. 

10:55 am: The lessons learnt from the December 16, 2012 gangrape would be shared with all officers, said Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi.

10:35 am: Government likely to amend Juvenile Justice Act: Sources to Headlines Today.

10:20 am: Fast-track court to pronounce its verdict around 12:30 pm.

10:10 am: Won’t rest till all accused are given death penalty: Victim’s father to Headlines Today.

10:03 am: Delhi gangrape victim’s family also reaches court.

10:00 am: All four Delhi gangrape accused brought to Saket court.

09:57 am: Fast-track court to pronounce its verdict in December 16 gangrape case.

There has never been as much anger at the death of a girl, the riots that followed her death and the subsequent sentencing of an accused-especially a juvenile -than it has been in the gruesome December 16 Delhi gangrape and murder case.

The case was put on a fast-track hearing but speedy justice was an illusion since it took seven months and 130 hearings to reach a culmination.

Moreover, reported to be the “demon” among the accused in the December 16 Delhi gangrape case, the juvenile accused escaped severe punishment only because he was 170 days short of turning 18 and therefore was punished under the prevalent juvenile laws and not the Indian Penal Code, under which his five co-accused are undergoing trial.

The incident occurred after the woman and her male companion boarded the bus in Munirka in south Delhi.
The six accused threw both of them out of the vehicle — without clothes — on the streets in the cold December night after committing the ghastly crime, police said.

The gangrape victim succumbed to her injuries on December 29 at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital, where she was airlifted for specialised treatment.

(Source: IANS)

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