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Sep 10, 2013 at 03:08pm IST

Delhi gangrape: Reactions to the verdict

New Delhi: A fast-track court in Delhi has convicted four men - Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh - for the December 16, 2012 brutal gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a private bus in the national capital. The arguments on the sentencing of the four convicts will take place on Wednesday and the maximum punishment they face is death.

Six men were arrested for the heinous crime but one of the accused, Ram Singh, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Tihar Jail and so the case against him was dropped while one was a minor who was tried by the Juvenile Justice Board.

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Delhi braveheart's family: Happy with the verdict. We demand death for the convicts.

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Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Home Minister: In such cases, death penalty is the right punishment. What has happened is horrible.

Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader: All the 4 accused should be given death penalty and this will help in controlling the rape menace. All the five were accused but the fifth has been given lesser punishment which saddened us. Now these should be given death sentence.

Kiran Bedi, former IPS officer: The deserve death penalty. I demand the severest punishment. This is a beastly crime. The punishment should be proportionate to the crime. It is a crime against society. It is a crime against humanity. The police did an excellent job. This is a case study. This is how investigations cab be effectively done. The last thing is the severity of the punishment.

Brinda Karat, CPM leader: This is was an open and shut case. The court has taken a long time. One of the accused took his own life in jail. The case need not have taken so long. We would like to make it very clear that the justice should be done quickly.

Ambica Soni, National General Secretary of Congress: Such cases shld be fast tracked and I am glad that all have been found guilty. Punishment must be exemplary so that message goes strongly that women needs to be respected.

Prameela Nesargi, Senior Advocate in Karnataka High Court: At last she got justice. It should enable all women in India to walk in the midnight without fear. Quantum of punishment is very important. All four should be hanged. There should be no leniency. Advocates like me will fight, if they don't get death sentence. There should be a fear of the law. If this not a fit case for the capital punishment, then there is no other case fit for it.

AP Singh, Defence Lawyer: They should have been acquitted. The case against them is weak. Wrong people have been held guilty. They have no money to fight the case. This is not a fair trial. We will challenge it before the High Court. We will prove the judgement wrong.

Tejinder Luthra, Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi: I am happy with the judgement. The court has praised the investigation. It was a thorough probe. This case has made the police more sensible. This case has strengthened the belief of ordinary people in judiciary.

Karuna Nundy, Advocate in Supreme Court: We need a behavioural change and cultural change.

Arun Bhagat, Former Police Commissioner, Delhi: If we have better facilities, we can perform much better.

RK Singh, Former Home Secretary: I am happy. All accused should get death penalty.

Neeraj Kumar, former Delhi Police Commissioner: I am ecstatic about the fact that the court not only convicted them but also praised our scientific probe.

Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Group: I expect the convicted to be given life imprisonment or death penalty.

RPN Singh, MoS for Home: I am very glad all 4 men in the brutal gangrape and murder of Nirbhaya have been found guilty. My thoughts with her family today. Hope this judgment will be a strong deterrent to others. Strict anti-rape laws are in place, focus now shifts to implementation and convictions.