Delhi gang-rape: City demands death for rapists
Emotions ran high inside and outside court No. 304 on the third floor of the Saket district court complex where the judgment in the December 16 gang rape case was pronounced on Tuesday.india Updated: Sep 11, 2013 03:34 IST
Emotions ran high inside and outside court No. 304 on the third floor of the Saket district court complex where the judgment in the December 16 gang rape case was pronounced on Tuesday.
Groups of protestors began shouting slogans, demanding death sentence for all the accused much before 10:30 am when the court was first expected to pronounce the verdict.
The public was frisked right from the morning at the three-layer security put in place at all entry points because of the threat perception surrounding the four accused.
“We have been part of the protests since the very beginning and have been tracking the case since it started. Our main demand is that the guilty must be hanged. We demand death penalty for all rapists,” said Vikas Tyagi, who was seen leading the protesters.
A large posse of journalists descended on the court as early as 8:30 am. With the case making international headlines, there were many journalists from the foreign media as well.
The crowd outside the courtroom grew as the day progressed and the court deferred the pronouncement to 12:30 pm.
A scuffle broke out between waiting media persons and policemen on security duty when restrictions were announced on media entry into the courtroom.
TV journalists created a ruckus outside the court when a court staff emerged and announced that the judge had barred their entry into the courtroom.
“The high court, while lifting the gag order, had only permitted Indian news agencies, print media and three foreign news agencies. TV channels were not allowed entry. That order still prevails,” he said, prompting protests from TV journalists.
When the judge pronounced the verdict at 12.30pm in the packed room, Vinay, one of the accused, was heard sobbing.
As family members of the other accused stood stunned and wept, the mother of the victim demanded death sentence for the four. “We have gone through hell these past months. After what they did to my daughter, they deserve to be sentenced to death,” she said.
The lawyer for the convicted said they would go for appeal. “My clients were not even there at the time of the crime. The police have wrongly implicated them to save themselves from public outrage. We will appeal against the verdict in the high court,” said advocate AP Singh, lawyer for Vinay and Akshay.
The male friend of the woman too said they must be given death penalty.
Justice Usha Mehra, a retired Delhi high court judge who probed the gang rape incident, said: “I welcome the judgement but would like to add that all such heinous crime cases like rape should be tried in fast track courts and heard expeditiously.”
First Published: Sep 11, 2013 03:33 IST