New Delhi: A fast-track court in Delhi has convicted four men – Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh – for the December 16, 2012 brutal gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a private bus in the national capital. The arguments on the sentencing of the four convicts will take place on Wednesday. The court has held the four men guilty of 13 offences including gangrape, unnatural offence, murder, dacoity, conspiracy, kidnapping and destruction of evidence.
The six men who raped the braveheart The defence lawyer has said they will challenge the order in a higher court. “We will challenge the decision in the higher court,” defence lawyer AP Singh said.
He claimed that the verdict is politically motivated. “This verdict is politically motivated for the interest of the people. We will have to go to High Court. This is not a fair trial,” Singh said.
Braveheart’s family wants death for the accused
The brutal gangrape and assault in the heart of Delhi jolted the citizenry who came out in large numbers in different cities especially the national capital to protest against the extremely macabre crime. The protests continued for days even as the braveheart battled for life in a Delhi hospital where she also gave statements to the magistrate which later proved very crucial during the trial.
The tragic incident took place on the evening of December 16, 2012 when the paramedical student along with her male friend was lured into the bus by six men who promised to take them to their destination.