The Court Road, protest ground for demonstrators outside Gate Number 3 of the Saket Court Complex, turned into a venue for celebration soon after the sentence was pronounced in the horrific December 16 gang-rape case.
In the corridor outside the courtroom on the third floor of the complex, advocates and a large number of curious public cheered and clapped soon after the judge awarded the death sentence to the four convicts.
People were seen updating their friends and relatives about the judgment through SMSes and phone calls. Even police personnel deployed there seem pleased and were discussing the verdict with their colleagues.
Groups of protesters, who had been shouting slogans and demanding death sentence since the morning, began dancing and singing patriotic songs soon after some media persons came out with the verdict.
“We are satisfied with the court’s judgment. Our fight for justice for the victim has ultimately achieved its objective. The four should be hanged at the earliest, on December 16, if possible,” said Smita Sinha, a protester.
‘Hang the teen’
The crowd outside the Saket court began chanting slogans, demanding the same punishment for the teenager who was sent to a reformatory for the crime.
The Saket court complex was turned into a fortress with a four-layered security blanket of more than 200 police personnel to thwart any untoward incident. Several barricades were put up around the complex.
Convict Mukesh, who did not understand English and could not make out what the judge had said, was seen asking the policeman near him about the punishment. When told that it was ‘fansi’ (noose), he too began weeping loudly like the other convicts.
Immediately after signing the order of death sentence, Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna broke the nib of his pen. This was in keeping with a tradition since the days of British governance in India though judges rarely follow this practice these days.