The much-awaited verdict in the infamous Delhi gang-rape was delivered today by a fast-track court in Delhi with the court holding all four adult accused guilty. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced tomorrow at 11am.
Delhi Police had arrested five adults and a juvenile for their alleged involvement in this crime. The juvenile was recently given three years in a special home by the Juvenile Justice Board and the main accused Ram Singh committed suicide in Tihar Jail while the trial was on.
The gruesome incident took place on December 16, 20102 when the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist and her male friend boarded a bus in which the accused were present. The accused then started assaulting the girl and when her friend tried to intervene they bet her using iron rod. The accused then brutally raped the girl and tortured her using the rod. The victim and her friend were later thrown out of the bus on the road to die.
The four accused were held guilty of 13 offences including gang-rape, unnatural offence, murder, dacoity, conspiracy, kidnapping and destruction of evidence.
The accused identified as Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan and Mukesh have pleaded not guilty in this case.
Earlier, the four accused were brought to Saket District Court complex in a Delhi Police van amidst tight security.
The victim's family has demanded death sentence for all the accused, saying they would not settle for anything less than that.
Meanwhile, defence lawyer AP Singh, has expressed displeasure over the verdict, saying he would file an appeal in the higher court. Singh is the counsel for Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur. In an interview to Redidd.com, Singh had claimed that his clients had been implicated as part of a political conspiracy and they have nothing to do with the rape and murder of the girl.