On Wednesday, four convicts of the December 16 gangrape case were given 10-year jail term by a Delhi Court for robbing a bus on the same night. It also imposed a fine of Rs.1.01 lakh each on the four convicts, stating that they don’t deserve any leniency, reports Hindustan Times
The four gangrape convicts – Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Mukesh and Pawan Gupta – had beaten up and robbed carpenter Ram Adhar before raping and brutally assaulting a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, 2012.
The Delhi Police, in its robbery case chargesheet filed on March 15, 2013, said the convicts snatched Ram Adhar’s mobile phone and Rs.1,500 after luring him into the same bus in which they would later carry out a barbaric deed. They were awarded punishment for dacoity, kidnapping, wrongfully confining a person, voluntarily causing hurt in committing or attempting to commit robbery, dishonestly receiving stolen property knowing it was obtained by dacoity and common intention under the Indian Penal Code.
Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh said:
“Given the nature of the offences committed by the convicts and the ramifications of the incident with the public at large, I do not agree with the submissions of the counsel for the convicts that they should be afforded any leniency be it on account of their age, their economic and social backgrounds or their family situations.”
Advocate A.P. Singh, appearing for all the convicts, said that the convicts should be given a chance to reform themselves.
But the Court observed:
“Any person who waits at a bus stop for transportation does so with the assurance that the buses plying on the road have complied with all statutory requirements and the person manning them have been permitted by the appropriate government to ply buses on the road after their antecedents have been verified.”
The Court added:
“Even if a bus on the road is plying with all permits and statutory compliances, and it by chance happens to be empty, a person will think twice before entering it, lest he may suffer the same fate as Ram Adhar.”
The four convicts were awarded death penalty by a trial court in the gangrape and murder case which was later confirmed by Delhi High Court. Their appeals are pending before the Supreme Court.