Amid this tension and uncertainty, we ask ourselves every now and then-who are these convicts? what did they do for their livelihood? why did they do this? do they have families? and finally, how inhuman could they have been to have inflicted fatal injuries to a woman?
All of them are daily wage labourers, barring Vinay Sharma who works in a gym.
Not surprisingly, all of these men were daily wage labourers, barring Vinay Sharma who worked for a gym. Some of them had families, wives and children too. So, was it poverty or just a sheer motive of having fun that night that they brutally raped and murdered the 23 year old paramedical student.
Vinay Sharma: Aged 29 at the time of crime, the accused is the most educated among the four. A class-10 passout, he was assistant at a local gym. He denied all charges saying he was not present in the bus, though he lived in the same neighbourhood as the others. He also expressed his willingness to appear for a job at the Indian Air Force.
Assaulted by his inmates at Tihar jail, he submitted a letter to the judge requesting he be shifted to a different jail. He suffered a fractured left hand while in custody.
Mukesh Singh: The brother of prime rape accused Ram Singh was a migrant from Rajasthan and worked with his brother on the bus. He was also trying to get a job with a construction company in Delhi. During trial, he pleaded not guilty, saying that he was not there on the bus that day and that he respected women. He had said that he wanted to lead a simple life and was a very hard-working man.
Akshay Thakur: Married with a 2-year old son, he was arrested from his father-in-law's house in Bihar. He fled from Delhi on December 17, fearing arrest. His wife Punita Devi said that he should be shot dead if he was found guilty.
Pawan Gupta: Aged 19 at the time of the rape, he was the youngest in the group after the juvenile. Allegedly, a friend of Ram Singh, he lived in Ram Dass Camp with his cousin. A fruitseller and a daily wage labourer on roads and construction sites, he also worked part time in a catering company during wedding season.