The convicts -- Mukesh (26), Akshay Thakur (28), Pawan Gupta (19) and Vinay Sharma (20) had begged for mercy before Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, who had held them guilty of gang-rape and "cold blooded" murder of a "defenceless" 23-year-old girl in a premeditated manner. Khanna said that it is the ‘rarest of the rare case’ and has ‘shocked the collective conscience of the nation’.

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"Death to all," Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said while delivering the verdict.

Court convicts all accused

"Besides discussing others offences, I straightaway come to section 302 (murder) of IPC. This falls under inhuman nature of the convicts and the gravity of offence they committed cannot be tolerated. Death sentence is given to all the four convicts," he said.

"Court cannot turn a blind eye to such a gruesome act," the judge said, while handing down the maximum punishment. He said, "When crime against women is rising on day-to-day basis, so, at this point in time court cannot keep its eye shut."

"There should be exemplary punishment in view of the unparallelled brutality with which the victim was gang-raped and murdered, as the case falls under the rarest of rare category. All be given death," the court said while reading out a portion of the order.

"This is a time when serious crime against a woman has come to the fore and now its judiciary's responsibility to instill confidence among the women," it said.

The court had on September 10 held the four guilty of various offences including gang-rape, murder, unnatural offences, attempt to murder, dacoity, destruction of evidence, conspiracy, kidnapping or abducting in order to murder, while acquitting them of the charge of murder in dacoity.

Vinay started crying in court while the other three convicts-Mukesh, Pawan, Akshay-started shouting for pardon, with one of the defence lawyers AP Singh also joining them in seeking mercy.

Advocate VK Anand, who appeared for Mukesh, said he has regard for the verdict and he will file an appeal in the Delhi High Court. Special public prosecutor Dayan Krishnan said, "I have done my job and we (prosecution) are happy with the verdict." Soon after the verdict was delivered, people waiting outside the courtroom started clapping.

The juvenile accused was on August 31 convicted and sentenced to a maximum of three years in a reformation home.

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Victim’s mother expresses satisfaction

Immediately after pronouncement of sentence, the victim's mother expressed satisfaction over the verdict. 'Halak mein saans atki thi, jo ab bahar nikli hai. Mein dhanywaad karti hu desh ke logon ka aur media ka' (We were waiting with bated breath, now we are relieved. I thank the people of my country and the media)," she said. Besides her, the victim's father and two brothers were also present in the jam-packed court room when the sentence was pronounced.


•    Dec 16, 2012: Paramedic student gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six persons in a private bus and thrown out of the moving vehicle along with her male friend. They were admitted to Safdarjung Hospital. (CLICK HERE)
•    Dec 17: Widespread protests breakout demanding strict action against the accused.
•    Dec 17: Police identifies four accused - bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta.
•    Dec 18: Ram Singh and three others are arrested.
•    Dec 20: Victim's friend testifies.
•    Dec 21: Delinquent juvenile nabbed from Anand Vihar bus terminal in Delhi. Victim's friend identifies Mukesh as one of the culprits. Police conduct raids in Haryana and Bihar to nab the sixth accused, Akshay Thakur.

•    Dec 21-22: Thakur arrested in Aurangabad district of Bihar and brought to Delhi. Victim asks mother 'Have they been caught. (CLICK HERE)

• Dec 22: Victim records statement before Magistrate (CLICK HERE)

•    *Dec 23: Protesters defy prohibitory orders, take to streets. Delhi Police Constable Subhash Tomar, on duty to control protests, rushed to hospital with fatal injuries.
•    Dec 25: Girl's condition declared critical. Constable Tomar succumbs to injuries.
•    Dec 26: Following a cardiac arrest, victim flown to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital by the government.
•    Dec 29: Victim succumbs to injuries and other medical conditions at 2:15 am. Police add murder charge in the FIR. (
Braveheart gang rape victim wanted to live CLICK HERE)

•    Dec 31: Delhi Government announces compensation of Rs 15 lakh and job to one family member of the victim (CLICK HERE)

•    Jan 2, 2013: The then Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir inaugurates fast track court (FTC) for speedy trial in sexual offence cases.
•    Jan 3: Police files chargesheet against five adult accused for offences including murder, gang-rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences and dacoity etc.

•    Jan 5: Court takes cognisance of the chargesheet.
•    Jan 7: Court orders in-camera proceedings.
•    Jan 17: FTC starts proceedings against five adult accused.

•    Jan 28: JJB says minority of juvenile accused is proved.
•    Feb 2: FTC frames charges against five adult accused. (CLICK HERE)
•    Feb 28: JJB frames charges against the minor.
•    Mar 11: Ram Singh commits suicide in Tihar jail. (CLICK HERE)
•    Mar 22: Delhi HC allows national media to report trial court's proceedings.
•    Jul 5: Inquiry (trial) in JJB against juvenile in gang-rape-cum-murder case and robbery matter concludes. JJB reserves verdict for July 11.
•    Jul 8: FTC completes recording of testimonies of prosecution witnesses.
•    Jul 11: JJB holds minor guilty of illegally confining and robbing a carpenter on December 16 night before allegedly taking part in the gang-rape. Delhi High Court allows three international news agencies to cover the trial of the case.
•    Aug 22: FTC begins hearing final arguments in trial against four adult accused.

•    Aug 31, 2013: JJB convicts the minor for gang-rape and murder and awards three years term at a probation home.
•    Sep 3: FTC concludes trial. Reserves verdict.
•    Sep 10: Court convicts Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan, Mukesh of 13 offences including gang-rape, unnatural offence and murder of the girl and attempt to murder her male friend.
•    Sep 11: Court fixes September 13 for pronouncing sentence after hearing arguments on quantum of punishment to be awarded.
•    Sep 13: Court awards death to all four convicts.


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