By Anshul Tewari:
The News: A bench of justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani confirmed the sentence of Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh, saying the offence committed by them falls in the category of rarest of the rare and upheld their conviction.
“Death reference is accepted. Death sentence awarded by the trial court is affirmed. The appeals of the convicts are dismissed,” the bench said.
The parents of the victim were also present in the court at the time of pronouncement of the verdict.
“We have got full faith in the judiciary. We had expected this verdict. But the ultimate satisfaction will be when the convicts meet to their ultimate fate,” the mother of the 23-year-old paramedic told the media outside court room after the verdict was delivered.
“Hume pura nayay tabhi milega jab sab faansi par latkaye jaege (We will get justice only when all of them will be hanged),” she said.
The trial court had on September 13, last year awarded capital punishment to the four, saying they be “hanged till death” as the “beastly” and “hair-raising” manner in which the crime was committed against the girl fell in the rarest of the rare category.
Opinion: The family of the victim has been demanding death penalty, has justice been finally delivered? Also, at a time when most countries in the world are shifting away from capital punishment, are we justified in resorting to it? Does the capital punishment make killers of us all? What do you think?