Nirbhaya verdict: accused guilty, quantum of sentence tomorrow

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New Delhi, Sept 10: The much-awaited verdict on the gangrape of a 23-year-old medical student in a moving bus in New Delhi on the night of December 16 last year came out on Tuesday. The judge in a Saket court judge found all the four accused as guilty. However, the quantum sentence will be pronounced on Wednesday.

12:54 pm:

Defence lawyer said that this is not a fair trial. He said that two of the accused were not there at that time and there was electronic proof for that.

Protestors with black band on their eyes sloganeering outside the court, demanding maximum punishment for the accused.

12:48 pm:

Quantum of sentence to be held tomorrow at 11 am.

12:42 pm:

Sentencing to be carried out tomorrow. Court room 304 of the Delhi Court held the verdict. According to sources, the Delhi Police was sure that the four would be held guilty as the 1,000 page chargesheet also mentioned 'intent to murder' as the girl was thrown out of the moving bus.

The arguments of the accused have not been taken into accord.

12:37 pm:

All four accused found guilty by the Saket court on all the charges pressed against them.

12:32 pm:

Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said that public outrage and protests were justified and necessary.

"I wish I could also have been there, but I can't" Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said.

Victims parents arrive in court.

12:23 pm:

Verdict 10 minutes from now

11:53 am:

Accused have been booked under IPC Sec 307, 394, 395, 396, 397, 412, 201, 120 B, 34, and 302.

11:37 am:

Sources said that there is a strong case against the accused. The case is based on the victim's statement.

11:21 am:

Advocate and the former member of SWC, Bharati Mustudi said that as per law, there should not be any long-drawn trials as the victim or the rapist might turn hostile.

11: 09 am:

Activist Radhika said that rape can be stopped only when our mindsets change. With the kind of uproar across the country, youngsters would be encouraged to report such cases. She gave the example of the photo journalist in the Mumbai gangrape case. She further added that the verdict will be followed by everyone and the judgement should reinstate people's faith in the judiciary.

Speaking on the 9 month-long trial and the 130 hearings, activist Abha said only law cannot change the mindset of the society. Rape can be stopped only when there is timely implementation of the law and severe punishment.

11:01 am:

People are eagerly waiting for the verdict as this may be the beginning of a change in the judicial system. Huge crowd has gathered outside the court in Saket. Maasive media contingent is at Saket.

10.33 am

Poornima Advani, former chairperson of the National Commission for Women said she was confident that the judiciary will give its verdict as per the expectation of the nation.

Mother of Nirbhaya, as the ill-fated woman came to be known in the popular circles, said the verdict should be an unprecedented one to send strong signals. "The torture on my daughter was unprecedented and so should be the ruling," she said.

10.28 am

The verdict is expected to come at 12.30 pm.

"We need women politics"

10.16 am

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Shazia Ilmi said all political parties should come together to fight for the women. "Just like Hindu politics, Muslim politics, Dalit politics, there should also be women politics, she said.

The family of the woman, who was savagely dealt with by the criminals and passed away in a Singapore hospital after two weeks, has sought maximum punishment for the four accused. It expressed anguish after one of the accused, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was sent to three years of reform. The sixth accused was found hanging in his jail cell in March.

Accused brought to court

10.00 am

The four accused in the Delhi gangrape case of December 16 last year , Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh and Pawan Gupta, were taken to a fast track at Saket here for the much-awaited verdict. They were set to be produced soon.

Three of the accused, Akshay, Vinay and Pawan, said they were not present on the bus in which a 23-year-old medical student was gangraped on that fateful night.They also produced alibis as witnesses in the court in their defence.

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