JYOTI SINGH RAPISTS RECEIVE THE DEATH PENALTY – Vinay Sharma, 20, Mukesh Singh, 26, Pawan Gupta, 19, and Akshay Thakur, 28, at Saket Court on Friday were each handed the death penalty, by hanging, for the brutal rape and murder of Jyoti Singh.
Jyoti Singh, 23, was brutally raped and beaten on a school bus by five men earlier this year. Her parents sat vigil by her hospital beside for 13 days until Jyoti finally succumbed to her injuries.
Jyoti’s mother told the court that her daughter told her that the only way she would receive justice is for the men to be put to death. Jyoti’s mother, Asha Devi, 46, sat as the judge ordered all four men to be hanged for their crime to which she told reporters outside the court that her daughter could now rest in peace.
“When the judge announced the death penalty I stared right at these men and I saw the fear of death in their eyes. Two of them were crying even.
“But I wasn’t bothered and I had no sympathies for them. I will never forgive or forget what they did to my daughter. They’re now paying the true price for what they chose to do that night.” Badri Singh
Jyoti’s father, Badri Singh, 53, praised the court’s decision stating that these men have paid the true price for raping and murdering his daughter.
One of the perpetrators of the crime, and the fifth man involved, Ram Singh, was not in the court has he had committed suicide in his cell in March. Ram Singh, the brother of Mukesh, was the one responsible for driving the bus.
Clockwise: Vinay Sharma, 20 | Mukesh Singh, 26 | Pawan Gupta, 19 | and Akshay Thakur, 28
Jyoti’s case caused international outrage and debate over misogyny in India after being attacked on December 16 2012.
Such was the media attention and international pressure that the Indian authorities were forced to fast-track the case in order to quell a public uprising.
During the lead-up to the trial the courts had considerable trouble finding a defence lawyer for the accused as no lawyer wanted to be seen defending such men.
Asha Devi told the court in detail that her daughter, during her last final days, clearly described the method in how the men should be executed. She told the court that such was the pain and anguish she experienced throughout the brutal rape that the only comparable punishment was to be burnt alive.
Despite her last wishes the court decided that whilst the death penalty would be imposed it would be conducted with a modicum of humanity and therefore each of the men would hang for their crime.
Human Rights advocate groups have voiced their concerns over the fate of those convicted calling for a stay of execution and mercy. However such calls are likely to go unheard in a country that is emotionally charged not only with Jyoti’s rape but the rape of several women and children in the past year alone.
Women’s Rights groups in India continue to demand that the Indian Government make significant changes to the law in order to promote equality and better conditions for women.