Judge Yogesh Khanna sentenced the four men to the gallows today after they brutally attacked and raped a 23-year old girl on a New Delhi bus causing her to die. The Judge said, “In these times, when crime against women is on the rise, the courts cannot turn a blind eye toward such gruesome crimes.” He continued to say that this crime “shocked the collective conscience” of everyone in India.
It was reported that you could hear the four men wail as the sentence was given. The defense attorney, A.P. Singh yelled at the Judge saying, “This is not the victory of truth. But it is a defeat of justice.” The parents of the victim, on the other hand, were satisfied with the sentence. They were happy that their little girl finally got justice.
Under India’s law, a death sentence must be affirmed by India’s High Court. The men can appeal their case to the High Court, as well as, to the Supreme Court. In addition, they can ask the President of India for clemency.
Overall, this case has raised awareness about the increase in rape and mistreatment of women in India. It has been closely followed not only in India, but throughout the world. The world now has a close eye on India’s government and courts as they attempt to remedy the outbreak of crime against women.
It is important to always rembember, however, that these heinous crimes happen right here in the United States. So I caution you about judging India’s government before we look at ourselves in the proverbial mirror. These types of crimes seem like a foreign concept and it is easy to say,”Oh, that doesn’t happen here,” (the “not in my backyard” theory). But, the truth is rape and violence against women does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, economic status, age, societal status, etc. It can happen to anyone.
This is why I encourage all of you to help raise awareness about rape and violence against women locally, nationally, and globally!
Source: Fox World News
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