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NEW DELHI: It is noose for the monsters who gangraped Nirbhaya nine months ago in the Indian capital, outraging the entire nation.
The four men, who were convicted in the case earlier this week, were given the death sentence by a Delhi fast-track court on Friday.
Announcing the verdict in a jampacked court in Saket in south Delhi, additional sessions judge Yogesh Gupta said, “Death to all.’’
Calling it “the rarest of rare’’ case, the judge said, “The convicts be hanged by neck till they are dead.’’
The young 23-year-old medical student Nirbhaya was lured by six persons, including one minor, into a chartered bus near Munirka village in south Delhi on the night of December 16 and then gangraped and brutalized in the moving vehicle by the six monsters – Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, Akshay Thakur. and a minor.
A male companion of the girl was beaten unconscious while the six gangraped the girl who died later of internal injuries in a Singapore hospital.
While Ram Singh, who was the driver of the bus and elder brother of Mukesh Singh, committed suicide in Tihar Jail, the unnamed minor has been given three years by a juvenile board.
When the judge pronounced death for them, the four convicts – Vinay Sharma, 20, Pawan Gupta, 19, Akshay Thakur, 28 and Mukesh Singh, 26 – were stunned.
“Sir ji, Sir ji (please sir, please sir),’’ cried Vinay Sharma who is a gym instructor.
It was all over within three minutes. After reading the verdict, the judge signed the 20-page order, broke the nib of his pen (symbolic of a tradition that this pen may never be used to condemn another prisoner to death) and went back to his chambers as uproarious scenes were witnessed at the courthouse.
Even as the entire nation and the family of the girl heaved a sigh of relief, defence lawyer AP Singh accused the judge of being politically biased in coming to the verdict
“Judge sahab, aapne satyameva jayate ke jagah jhootameva jayate ko uphold kiya, ye political pressure-eva jayate hai, vote bank politics-eva jayate hai (Instead of upholding the truth, you have upheld lies. The decision has been taken under political pressure and because of vote bank politics),” said AP Singh who defended Sharma and Thakur.
The mother of the victim, who was in the courtroom with her husband and two sons, felt relieved at the verdict.
“We are finally at peace. Our daughter has been given justice,’’ she said.
Nirbhaya’s father added, “We have got justice. We are happy with the decision but our fight will continue till the they are hanged. We will visit the village in Ballia on death anniversary of our daughter and form an NGO to spread awareness on rape cases.’’
He said the verdict has restored their faith in the judicial system in the country.