New Delhi: A fast track court in Delhi on Friday gave a landmark judgement sentencing all the four convicts to death in the infamous Delhi gangrape and murder case of a 23-year old physiotherapy student in December 2012. Looking at the gravity of the crime and the inhuman torture meted out to the braveheart, the judge observed it as a rarest of rare case.
Justice Yogesh Khanna said, "The gravity of the crime depicts the hair-raising beastly and unparalleled behavior. The subjecting of the prosecutrix to inhuman acts of torture before her death had not only shocked the collective conscience but calls for the withdrawal of the protective arm of the community around convicts. This ghastly act of the convicts definitely fits the rarest of the rare category. Hence I am awarding the death penalty to all"
The courtroom was filled with emotions as soon as the judgement was announced with the family thanking the judge, the prosecutor and the police for getting justice for their daughter at last. The convicts though were in tears after the order was announced.
It is not all over in the case as yet. The defence lawyers after the verdict said that they will challenge the order in High court. If the High court gives an order against them, the convicts still stand a chance to approach the Supreme Court against the High Court judgement.
But despite that the judgment has brought a sense of relief for the family of the braveheart.
However the judgement has evoked the debate over the capital punishment yet again. Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court Pinky Anand said that she does not believe any such judgment is going to deter anyone from comitting such crimes. "I don't think when people are committing such kind of gruesome and violent and barbaric offences actually think about the implications. if they did they probably wouldn't do it in the first instance," Anand said.
However she maintained that law is a motion to change society in a faster perspective.
Activist Kavita Srivastava said that this case got a conviction because there was a movement and media and public attention. "The conviction rate is so low so you will be very selective in whom you will be sending. It cannot be used in a very equal way," she said.