Taking note of the sheer brutality with which the 23-year-old paramedical student was assaulted on a moving bus on December 16 last year, the special fast-track court on Tuesday called it a “cold-blooded murder”.
Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said the convicts not only brutally gang-raped the victim but evidence showed they had the intention to kill her.
The observations in the 237-page judgment is a shot in the arm for the prosecution which, on Wednesday, will demand death sentence for each of the accused.
“The facts and evidence make all the accused liable for the cold-blooded murder of the defenceless prosecutrix (victim),” the judge said .
The doctors deposed that the injuries sustained by the victim were sufficient in ordinary course to cause death, the court noted.
“The manner in which the acts were done clearly establishes the act was pre-meditated. A rod was not merely used to overpower but they were inserted into her body and her internal organs were dragged out. This can only be done to facilitate death.”
The court took note of the fact that the victim and her male friend were thrown out of a bus moving at a high speed and the accused tried to run over the victims. “This can lead to no other inference than a clear intention of the accused to cause death,” said the judge
The judge said prosecution proved there was a conspiracy between the accused to rob the victims, rape her and then murder them. “(The) entire sequence of events from the time of luring the victims into the bus, commission of the heinous offences, throwing them out of the bus moving and attempting to run them over clearly shows the existence of a conspiracy,” he said.
Holding the convicts guilty of destruction of evidence, the court noted that four police witnesses, including the investigating officer, testified that the bus had been washed clean after the incident. The accused had tried to burn their clothes and that of the victims. Blood found on pieces of clothes matched with the DNA profile of the complainant.