New Delhi gang rapists sentenced to death: Judge

Published: September 13, 2013
File photo of people in New Delhi protesting against the gang rape. PHOTO: REUTERS

File photo of people in New Delhi protesting against the gang rape. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI: Four men were sentenced to death on Friday for fatally raping a young woman on a bus last December in an attack that triggered angry protests and widespread calls for the execution of her attackers.

Judge Yogesh Khanna, who convicted the men for gang rape and “cold-blooded” murder earlier this week, rejected their lawyers’ plea for a lighter sentence.

“Everybody got the death penalty,” said one of the defence lawyers, AP Singh, outside the courtroom.

The woman, a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist, and a male friend were lured onto a bus by five men and a teenager. The woman was then repeatedly raped and tortured with a metal bar. Her injuries were so severe that she died two weeks later.

One of the five men arrested in connection with the attack committed suicide in prison in March, while the teenager was sentenced to three years in a reformatory last month, the maximum sentence that be given to juveniles under Indian law.

Khanna’s ruling still has to be ratified by the Delhi High Court, and the four men can appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. The appeals process could take years, lawyers said.


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  • Saim Baig
    Sep 13, 2013 - 2:11PM

    It came after a long time. But good to see it happened.


  • Libra
    Sep 13, 2013 - 2:18PM

    Justice is upheld. Congratulations to all Indians on having a just judicial system.


  • sars
    Sep 13, 2013 - 2:20PM

    Now thats justice. Well done!


  • Indian Wisdom
    Sep 13, 2013 - 2:22PM

    Hope this will act as deterrent against such heinous crimes!!! Must have given some solace to the departed soul now that justice has been served…….


  • SNJ
    Sep 13, 2013 - 2:24PM

    Well Done India!!


  • Sry
    Sep 13, 2013 - 2:32PM

    India has a rape-problem, and is doing something about it. Pakistan has the same, but fails to recognize even occurence of rape, much less its frequency. Pathetic state of affairs.


  • Parvez
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:00PM

    Justice done and once the sentance has been carried out, it will more importantly be seen to have been done.


  • Imran
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:14PM

    In Pakistan you have to produce four male witnesses to prove rape charge otherwise the victim is charged under rape offense


  • Muslim
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:15PM

    Indeed this is what islam rule is the order of shariah to the rapist…


  • Student
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:15PM

    This is justic


  • vasan
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:19PM

    I hope they get hanged tomorrow, if not tonight and shown live on the TV


  • Strategic Asset
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:34PM

    These culprits thoroughly deserve the capital punishment as their crime has hurt the psyche of the nation.
    However I do wish the judge had been more diligent. He should not have clubbed the four culprits together but should have tried each case individually. There is a possibility that one or more of those convicted may claim “guilt by association” and this may result in a longer appeals process.


  • Mahwish
    Sep 13, 2013 - 3:38PM

    hanging in public would have been great but nevertheless as long as these creatures will be dead even a simple death penalty is fine.


  • A2Z
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:00PM

    Good now next step is to amend the law and set the punishment of rapists as death.
    Now the so called human rights activists will start their campaign against this sentence because the rapists have human rights but the poor girl does not have any.


  • Jyala
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:09PM

    Well done… I wish both Pakistan and India shall treat these rapist in the same way..


  • Gratgy
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:16PM

    Now we need to fix the Juvenile justice system.


  • Baba Ji
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:33PM

    Please let me know when they are hanged ….


  • Baba Ji
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:33PM

    Please let me know when they are hanged ….Recommend

  • Salman Sheikh
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:43PM

    We need to learn from India and change our laws. Rape is huge but hidden problem. Servants are raped. Abuse goes on in families. Which women will have the courage to admit to rape and face the consequences.


  • AYK
    Sep 13, 2013 - 4:45PM

    Justice Done!!!


  • 1984
    Sep 13, 2013 - 5:54PM

    According to Sharia,the rapists would have been set free as there was one male witness and he was not ‘pious’ as he wasnt a muslim…..

    Also the girl would have charged under adultery for seducing six innocent men in a bus……


  • Gratgy
    Sep 13, 2013 - 5:55PM

    Good now next step is to amend the law and set the punishment of rapists as death.

    I am not so sure about this. If the punishment for murder is death and the punishment for rape is also death then the chances are that most rapes will end in murder.

    The rapist would want to destroy evidence of the crime, hence kill the victim after rape so that she does not identify him.

    I support death penalty for all Rapes that End in murder but in case of just Rape I would not support death penalty only so that the victim does not get harmed further. It is not for the the human rights of the rapist, more so as maintaining a deterrent for the rapist not to murder the victim.

    As I always say, we need to ensure the Surety of punishment rather than the Severity of it. What is the point of having a death penalty for rape when the conviction rate is 20%?


  • Adhitya
    Sep 13, 2013 - 6:22PM

    Now to hope Supreme Court dismisses the matter at admission stage. And no mercy petition for these perverts.


  • Amad
    Sep 13, 2013 - 7:08PM


    Don’t mock things you don’t know about. Learn about them first then give your enlightened views.


  • nrmr44
    Sep 13, 2013 - 8:08PM

    You need to take a careful look at yourself, if you want to use even an issue of this gravity for your own little purposes. Raise your level a bit, before you become a serious drag on society.


  • Syed A. Mateen
    Sep 13, 2013 - 9:02PM

    Why people involved in gang rape in Pakistan are not awarded death penalty?


  • Rahim
    Sep 13, 2013 - 9:13PM

    I hope family of victim does not accept Australian Visa and money to pardon the culprits….!!!!! Never know.


  • Sep 13, 2013 - 9:19PM

    @nrmr44: – Sir, can you enlighten us the sharia Law wherein no witness is required and punishment can be awarded based on the circumstantial evidences. Rapists don’t keep witness while committing heinous crime..
    Recently a foreigner (lady )was charged for committing adultery with Saudi male and imprisoned This happened after she lodged a complaint with Saudi police against the person for raping her.. Unless the flaw in the law is accepted there will not be any requirement / demand to modify it. Is Sharia law amendable?

    In the present case the death sentence is not because of rape but because of brutal murder of the girl after rape. Punishment for rape in India at present is not death sentence. It is awarded for a crime of murder in the nature of rarest of rare.


  • lols
    Sep 13, 2013 - 9:25PM

    stop nonsense


  • Nitin
    Sep 13, 2013 - 9:36PM

    our judicial system may be just, but it is horribly slow.


  • gp65
    Sep 13, 2013 - 10:33PM



    Perhaps @1984 was not mocking Islam but pointing out the operative law in Pakistan which is not supportive of the rape victim but rather facilitates the rapist going scot free.

    Zia implemented Hudood laws that even Musharraf was not able to repeal (they were repealed by PPP). Under those laws implemented by Zia, a woman WAS required to oproduce evidence of 4 good Muslim men even in case of rape (not not just in case of adultery). If she complained of rape, but was unable to produce the required 4 male Muslim witnesses, the man went scot free but the woman was convicted of Zina on the basis of her own testomony.

    Even now after such regressive laws have been repealed, Council of Islamic Ideology who gives guidance to shariah courts said as late as 2013 that DNA cannot be primary evidence in cases of rape and the primary evidence needs to be the evidence of 4 Muslim mene. The only saving grace is that due to the Hudood laws being rpealed the victim filing an FIR will not be convicted of Zina. But please tell me that with such evidentiary requirements where the victim is almost certain that there will be no conviction , how many victims will report rape in an ‘honour’ based society?

    This is the unfortunate reality faced by Pakistani women and while no one would like to gloat over such a sad state of affairs, sweeping it under the carpet would not help the victims would it?Recommend

  • Humanity
    Sep 13, 2013 - 10:55PM

    @Rahim: wrote “I hope family of victim does not accept Australian Visa and money to pardon the culprits….!!!!! Never know.”

    The callousness and apathy towards the ridiculing the victim exposed by this comment exposes the mindset of male hegemony. This mindset is the enabler of such crimes.


  • Zeeshan
    Sep 13, 2013 - 11:04PM

    If really want to stop rapes in India then stop than ban the Bollywood …


  • ashar
    Sep 13, 2013 - 11:49PM


    I agree with you since it is the increasing vulgarity that is increasing the number of rape cases in India. It was bad until that vulgarity was from within now the imported porn-stars are like adding fuel to fire and this fire cannot extinguished with this present state of Bollywood.


  • Rahim
    Sep 13, 2013 - 11:58PM

    @Humanity, it was a sarcastic response based on what happened in Shahzab case recently. Never wanted to hurt your or any body else’s feeling.


  • LuvShock!
    Sep 14, 2013 - 12:53AM

    @Sry: Pathetic is Indian judicial system who took decades to recognize & accept it. Just because persistent crowd & strikes makes you go to uour basement doesnt give you anymore rights to start comparing your chronic disease to the whole neighborhood. You guys say you have data on everything in Pak, why don’t you check and compare the rape figures in both countries.

    If many Pakistanis don’t care about finding Indian issues doesn’t mean you guys can come over here and start wholesale disinformation campaign.
    I have been to many countries and have seen your brothers’ distraction & attack tactics when your ugly “secret” is out.
    <>E.T may or may not post my comment but they must know gaging is against freedom of press policy.


  • Arindom
    Sep 14, 2013 - 1:40AM


    Mate, there is no “pardon” or “blood money” in Indian Law. India do not have Sharia. You kill people, you get hanged. Full stop.


  • mahwish sohail
    Sep 14, 2013 - 2:08AM

    this is the end of humanity…Recommend

  • Water Bottle
    Sep 14, 2013 - 8:56AM

    @mahwish sohail:

    “this is the end of humanity…”

    I think you meant to make this comment on the news article about Modi being elected as the PM candidate from BJP.

    From the next time onwards, don’t read two news at the same time. Weak brains fail to process what it is reading.


  • Gp65
    Sep 14, 2013 - 11:18AM

    1% of rape complaints in Pakistan end in a conviction due to the nature of evidentiary requirement for rape. In other words 99% of rapists go scot free. In such a case when there is little chance of getting justice but every chance of the family honour getting sullied, how many people will report rape? But if people do not report rape, it does not mean rapes do not happen.Recommend

    Sep 14, 2013 - 1:21PM

    And watch the latest video of Miley Cirus instead??


  • Jay
    Sep 15, 2013 - 7:51PM

    Glad to see all of my pakistani brothers and sisters appreciating this move of India.

    Proud to be Indian, thanks all once again.


  • SayWhat!
    Sep 15, 2013 - 9:54PM

    Thanks! Now learn to appreciate good things in Pakistan too. We have big heart and we are not afeaid to appreciate good jobs.

    P a k i s t a n… Zindabad!


  • Jay
    Sep 16, 2013 - 3:00AM


    Indeed, in these all troll battles around the internet, and firings at border, we forget that we are of same blood. Cheers :) !


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