Finally, the much-awaited verdict of the Supreme Court is here. The court has convicted all the four accused in a landmark judgment in Delhi Nirbhaya rape case that sent waves of outrage and aggression post the night of December 16, 2012.
The apex court stated, "Taking the serious injuries, the severe nature of offence committed by the convicts in consideration, we are upholding the sentence."
"It was a brutal diabolical barbaric act. The entire intestine was perforated with insertion of rods and there were bite marks on the breast of the victim which shows the mental perversion of the accused," SC said in its order.
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The nature and manner of the crime devastated social trust; it falls in 'rarest of rare' category, warranting the death penalty, reads the judgment of the apex court.
The apex court gave its final verdict on the death sentence given to the convicts – Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar – who appealed in the apex court against the capital punishment awarded to them by the trial court and upheld by the Delhi High Court on March 13, 2014.
The judge read out the order in front of the victim, Jyoti Singh’s family who were present in the court.
Victim Jyoti Singh’s mother said earlier today that she hope that justice may finally be served to her daughter. “We have faith in the judicial system but the verdict should have been announced long ago.” On the night of December 16, 2012, in a case that evoked anger across the nation, six people gang-raped the 23-year-old in a moving bus and used an iron rod to inflict gruesome internal and external injuries on her, which she succumbed to on December 29.
Post the verdict in what was a breakthrough case, the victim's mother said, "We have faith in the judicial system but it should not have taken so long."
"Giving a sentence is not the punishment, those men should be hanged, then only it is justice for me," said the victim's father.
Moreover, Mumbai Live tried to get a pulse of people's opinion in Mumbai. While some think that had the verdict come any sooner it would have been a lot better, others think that just issuing a death sentence to the accused is not the answer to the surging cases of rape.
So how much long will it be before there will be zero tolerance for the crime of rape and how soon it will be before our country is completely rape-free? While these two questions may take years or decades for that matter to be answered, what certainly will be bothering us that these questions do not stay unanswered for eternity.