The murder charge, for which the four men have been convicted, entails a maximum of death penalty and life term as the minimum punishment
The Delhi Court on Tuesday found the four men guilty of gang-raping and murdering a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in December last year. The 16th December Delhi gang rape case evoked nationwide outrage and led the government to bring in stringent anti-rape laws.
The court would hear arguments on the quantum of sentence on Wednesday.
Besides gangrape and murder, the Court held Mukesh (26), Vinay Sharma (20), Pawan Gupta (19) and Akshay Singh Thakur (28) guilty of attempt to murder, unnatural offences, dacoity, destruction of evidence, conspiracy, kidnapping or abducting in order to murder, while acquitting them of the charge of murder in dacoity.
“All the accused have been convicted for various offences including attempt to kill the complainant (victim’s male friend), for gangrape with the victim and also for unnatural sex with her and killing the victim. The accused have also tried to destroy the evidence after the incident, so they are convicted under section 201 of the IPC. They had abducted the victim to have illicit intercourse with her, so they are convicted under section 366 of the IPC,” the Judge said while pronouncing the judgement.
Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, presiding the special fast track court, also convicted these four for kidnapping or abducting with intent to secretly and wrongfully confining a person, abducting to subject a person to grievous hurt and slavery, abducting woman to cause her defilement, voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery and dishonestly receiving property stolen in the commission of a dacoity of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The murder charge, for which the four men have been convicted, entails a maximum of death penalty and life term as the minimum punishment.
Today’s decision comes ten days after the juvenile accomplice in the case was sentenced to three-year term at a detention centre after being held guilty by the Juvenile Justice Board of gang-rape and murder of the paramedic and robbing a carpenter before the incident.
On the night of 16th December 2012, Ram Singh, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan, Mukesh and the juvenile had gang-raped the girl in a bus after luring her and her 28-year-old male friend, who was also assaulted, on board the vehicle, which was later found to be plying illegally on Delhi roads.
The victim’s friend, a software engineer, had fractured his limbs in the incident. The girl succumbed to her injuries on 29 December 2012 at a hospital in Singapore.