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article imageIndia: Accused in Delhi gang rape convicted for rape and murder

By Abdul Kuddus     Sep 10, 2013 in World
New Delhi - In one of the most highly anticipated rape trial in India’s history, a fast-track court delivered its verdict, almost nine months after six men brutally gang raped and assaulted a 23-year-old paramedical student inside a bus in 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 gang rape 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,” IBN Live reported.
According to the Times of India, “The prosecution during the trial claimed that the accused were on the road in pursuance of a plan and targeted the victims, including the girl, in their quest for sexual satisfaction and loot. Terming the case different from other criminal cases, the prosecution had said that the grievous injuries inflicted on the victim themselves explain the brutality and extreme torture.”
Reportedly, the court held the four men guilty of 12 offences including gang rape, unnatural offence, murder, looting, conspiracy, kidnapping and destruction of evidence. The court relied on the victim's dying declaration and forensic evidence in convicting the four accused.
On the night of December 16, 2012, six accused allegedly lured the 23-year-old physiotherapy student and her male friend into their bus, brutally gang-raped her, and later, threw the couple off the bus, naked and bleeding.
The victim died in a Singapore hospital on 29 December from massive internal injuries.
The incident rattled the collective conscience of India, triggered days of violent protests across Indian states, leading to waves of unprecedented anger against lack of deterrent laws that could prevent rapes in India.
Further, the macabre incident sparked a national debate about the treatment of women in India, forcing the government to bring stringent laws and set up special fast-track courts to try the six accused.
“More than 100 witnesses have testified against the six accused in what has been a landmark case,” BBC reported.
Last month, one of the accused, was found guilty of taking part in the rape but was sentenced under prevalent juvenile laws to three years in a reform home, the maximum term possible because the crime was committed while he allegedly a juvenile.
The fifth accused, Ram Singh, was found dead in his cell in March.
The other four accused faced charges of gang rape, murder, attempt to murder, unnatural offences and destruction of evidence and looting according to various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The parents of the victim have been tirelessly pursuing the case against the accused to face the death sentence over the December 16 attack and the death of the girl.
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