Delhi gangrape: Quantum of punishment to be announced today

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New Delhi, Sept 13: The fast-track court, which on Wednesday convicted the four accused in the December 16 gangrape incident that shook the conscience of the country, will pronounce the quantum of punishment to be handed over to the convicts.

Additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna reserved the judgment after hearing arguments of all parties. While the prosecution sought death penalty for the four for the henious crime they committed on that fateful night, the defence lawyers raised the question of human right violation. Legal experts feel that it will be difficult for the four convicts to evade the maximum punishment, given the nature of the crime.

Legal experts feel it will be difficult for the four to evade maximum punishment

A 23-year-old medical student was gangraped by six men and brutally assaulted in a moving bus after she and her male colleague boarded it to reach home. The duo was thrown out of the bus in seriously injured condition and the culprits also tried to run over them. It was her friend who movd her on time. But the braveheart could not survive the injury and passed away in a hospital in Singapore on December 29.

The entire nation was taken by a storm following this incident and the authorities were forced to initiate tougher laws to deal with such crimes.

Of the six, one was a juvenile at the time of the crime and has been sent to reformation centre for three years by the juvenile court while the sixth, the driver of the bus, was found dead in the cell of Tihar Jail in March.

The four convicts are Mukesh (26), Vinay Sharma (20), Pawan Gupta (19) and Akshay Thakur (28).

The parents of the victim, who were disappointed with the judgment given on the juvenile, have sought death penalty for all the four convicts.

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