Echoes of an Entire Country
On September 13, 2013, nine months after the scandal, there was turmoil outside the court. People gathered rapidly and politely, waiting for the verdict. Most of them wanted Capital Punishment; others hoped for life-long imprisonment; some suggested feeding them to the crowd. Yet, when a man burst from the gates with his arms pointing to the sky and screamed “Capital Punishment!” the crowd started to jump for joy. Happiness, relief, thankfulness and hope could be seen in everybody’s eyes and smiles; they started waving signs and dancing cheerfully while clamoring slogans like ’Inquilab Zindabad’.
Finally, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, Akshay Takur and the juvenile have been judged for their atrocious actions: the first four will be hanged, while the juvenile will spend three years in a reform facility — his verdict wasn’t welcomed by the crowd, since he was the most brutal assailant. The driver was found hanging from a ventilator shaft in his cell last March; it is unclear whether this was suicide or murder. Either way, he too is judged.