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December 16 Delhi gangrape: All 4 accused held guilty

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delli-rapistsNew Delhi, September 10, 2013 |

our accused in the December 16 Delhi gangrape case were on Tuesday convicted by a court here.Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna found the four guilty in the case. They were present in the court.The court’s decision on accused – Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur — came after almost nine months of the brutal crime in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gang raped in a moving bus.The incident sparked nationwide protests and nudged the central government into enacting a stringent anti-rape law.While an accused was found dead in a cell in Delhi’s Tihar jail, a juvenile involved in the crime was on August 31 sent by the Juvenile Justice Board to a reform home for three years after it concluded that he was involved in rape and murder.12:40 pm: The Saket court hearing the case held all four accused Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur guilty of being involved in the brutal gangrape and murder which took place on December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in Delhi. The court will announce the quantum of punishment tomorrow.
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12:37 pm: All four accused in December 16 Delhi gangrape accused held guilty.

12:02 pm: Court to deliver verdict in Delhi gangrape case shortly. 

10:55 am: The lessons learnt from the December 16, 2012 gangrape would be shared with all officers, said Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi.

10:35 am: Government likely to amend Juvenile Justice Act: Sources to Headlines Today.

10:20 am: Fast-track court to pronounce its verdict around 12:30 pm.

10:10 am: Won’t rest till all accused are given death penalty: Victim’s father to Headlines Today.

10:03 am: Delhi gangrape victim’s family also reaches court.

10:00 am: All four Delhi gangrape accused brought to Saket court.

09:57 am: Fast-track court to pronounce its verdict in December 16 gangrape case.

There has never been as much anger at the death of a girl, the riots that followed her death and the subsequent sentencing of an accused-especially a juvenile -than it has been in the gruesome December 16 Delhi gangrape and murder case.

The case was put on a fast-track hearing but speedy justice was an illusion since it took seven months and 130 hearings to reach a culmination.

Moreover, reported to be the “demon” among the accused in the December 16 Delhi gangrape case, the juvenile accused escaped severe punishment only because he was 170 days short of turning 18 and therefore was punished under the prevalent juvenile laws and not the Indian Penal Code, under which his five co-accused are undergoing trial.

A juvenile involved in the crime was on August 31 sent by the Juvenile Justice Board to a reform home for three years after it concluded that he was involved in rape and murder.

The incident occurred after the woman and her male companion boarded the bus in Munirka in south Delhi.

The six accused threw both of them out of the vehicle — without clothes — on the streets in the cold December night after committing the ghastly crime, police said.

The gangrape victim succumbed to her injuries on December 29 at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital, where she was airlifted for specialised treatment.

– with IANS inputs

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