After the tears in court, the four men sentenced to death in the Delhi gang rape case recovered some of their composure on returning to their cells at the Tihar jail.
They spent the evening nervously surfing TV channels for Hindi news on the verdict, watching snatches of old Bollywood films before going back to the news, jail sources said.
“They dislike panel discussions,” said an official. “They feel that a few people sitting in a TV studio don’t deserve the chance to judge them. At the moment, they are trying to stay calm as their lawyers have told them that this country doesn’t allow ‘young criminals’ to be executed.”
On the other side of town, their ‘juvenile’ accomplice fell into a stony silence.
“He hasn’t spoken much since watching news of the death sentence on TV,” said a source. “He showed no emotion and seemed withdrawn.”
“The staff observed he was trying to avoid the news on TV and deliberately watching movies or serials,” said an official at the north Delhi reform home where the now 18-year-old is lodged. Guards stationed outside his room have been told to keep a constant watch over him.
In the morning, the four convicts were nervous as they left their prison in west Delhi for court. On the long bus journey to Saket, they didn’t speak much but exchanged nervous, sideway glances at each other, the sources said.