Women politicos hail death penalty for Delhi gangrape accused

New Delhi, Sep 13 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Friday welcomed the death penalty for all four accused in connection with the December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case by a fast track court, saying that the judgment will serve as a deterrent for such offences.

"I welcome the judgement in Delhi gang rape case. This will serve as a deterrent for such offences," Swaraj tweeted.

Another BJP leader Shaina NC also welcomed the judgement, saying the victim and her family have finally got justice.

"Its finally justice to Nirbhaya's family, it was not just a gang rape, it was a cold blooded murder," she said.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat on her part said the rarest of rare case gets death penalty.

"Will it serve the purpose is the question," she added.

The four convicts in the December 16 gangrape and murder case were earlier this afternoon awarded death penalty by a fast track court in Delhi.

Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, while delivering his verdict earlier in the day, said the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus last year had shaken the nation's conscience and one could not turn a blind eye to a crime of such a heinous nature.

He termed the crime as falling in the rarest of rare category, while awarding all of the four accused the death sentence.

The judge, who had on Wednesday fixed September 13 as the date for pronouncing the quantum of sentence, said such a case can't be ignored at a time when crimes against women are on the rise.

The judge also said society has no tolerance for such crimes.

A fast-track court, which had earlier on Tuesday convicted the four by relying on the victim's dying declaration and forensic evidence, described the crime as 'premeditated' and 'brutal' act.

While pronouncing the order, the judge said the accused were found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offences, destruction of evidence and 'for committing the murder of the helpless victim'.

Of the total six accused, the prime conspirator - Ram Singh - had killed himself in Tihar Jail in March this year, while a minor accused was recently sentenced to serve three years in a special home by the Juvenile Justice Board.

The fast-track held the four remaining accused - Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan and Mukesh - guilty of being involved in the gang-rape and murder of the 23-year-old woman.

The victim's parents had earlier said that the accused should be given the death penalty.

"They should be only given the death sentence so that it sends out a strong message to the people and nobody dares to commit such a barbaric crime in the future," said the victim's father.

"If they do not get death sentence, my daughter would not get justice, and in the days to come, this crime will take dangerous form," he added.

The charges in the instant case were framed on February 2 during which the court also invoked Section 366 of the Indian penal Code (IPC) against them for abducting the girl with intention of committing "illicit intercourse".

It had in its order described the juvenile as an associate of the adult accused, who committed gang rape in furtherance of the conspiracy and "common intention".

The four have been tried for offences under section 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gangrape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120-B (conspiracy), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 365 ( kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), and 412 (dishonestly receiving property stolen in the commission of a dacoity) of the IPC.

The 23-year-old paramedical student was raped, beaten and tortured by the six men on a moving bus on the outskirts of outer Delhi. The victim died of internal injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks later. (ANI)