When the media persons, who had gathered at the thatched home of Thakurs’ at Lahankarma in Aurangabad district, told them that the court has declared all the four guilty, they erupted into cries.
    
Akshay Thakur's father Saryu Singh, a marginal farmer, mother Malti Devi, wife Punita Devi holding her two-year-old son and brothers Abhay and Vinay shut also  themselves inside home.
    
Amid howl, Akshay’s mother Malti Devi was heard saying "God, please return me my son. He cannot do such a thing. Please let him live." When media persons tried to talk to Vinay, he said "Please leave us alone, we are not in position to talk."
    
A little earlier to the court's verdict, the convict's father Saryu Singh said, "I have full faith in judiciary and trust in God.”
    
However, he said that it's painful for him to live with the shame his son has inflicted on the family and the village. Wife Punita Devi, who observed ‘Teej’ festival for the well being of her husband, said "I am sure my husband cannot do such a heinous act."
    
The two brothers, who work in a private company in Gurgaon, have come home to be with their parents at the time of judgement on Akshay who was arrested from his home in the village in connection with the case.
    
The parents never went to Delhi to meet Akshay who is lodged in Tihar jail. His two brothers had met him there. Along with family, other villagers too were saddened. Akshay's childhood friend and neighbour Santosh Mishra said, "He was a simple man when he was in the village. The environment of a big city like Delhi seems to have carried him away and turned him to a beast."
    
Sarpanch of Lahankarma village Arvind Paswan said that the name of the entire village has been sullied because of Akshay.
    
On the night of December 16, last year, Ram Singh, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan, Mukesh and the juvenile had gang-raped a physiotherapy student on a moving bus and also assaulted her 28-year-old male friend. The victim's friend, a software engineer, had fractured his limbs in the incident and the victim succumbed to injuries on December 29, 2012 at a Singapore hospital.

(Agencies)

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