Delhi gang rape sentencing: reactions from people on the street

September 13, 2013

By Aditya Kalra and Arnika Thakur

All four men convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi were sentenced to death on Friday.

The India Insight team spoke to people outside the Saket court complex in New Delhi. Here are edited excerpts from conversations:

Ashok Gupta, 48, street vendor

We are so happy. We have been protesting at Jantar Mantar, at India Gate, and we have waited for so long. This should have happened long ago. I think this will instil fear in people. And they will think before they commit any crime against women.

Rekha Palaria, 35, activist

This is a very good decision. I think this will be effective in reducing crime against women as people will be scared. This should become a precedent in such cases.

Amarpreet Kaur, 50, activist

We are very happy with the decision and I really want to say that the judge has taken a very good decision. If this kind of justice is delivered in these cases, it will set a very good example. At least people will be scared now. There is no fear of the law otherwise.

Rajat Nagpal, 32, self employed

This is the beginning of justice … What happens in this country is once the hoopla dies down, things die down and people wait for some other incident. So these decisions are really not just our demand, it is the demand of time.

Sundar Kumar, 21, a student at the Delhi University

I am not as happy with the decision because this has taken so long. Agreed, they set up a fast-track court, but this took really long. And secondly, the juvenile has just got three years. Which is not right. And I don’t think he can be reformed in jail as there are so many repeat offenders. So we want that the law should be the same for all rapists and not spare them just because they are juvenile

Ramesh Kanwal, 60, social activist

We are happy but this is not enough. We want that all the pending cases should be tried fast as well and the accused in child rapes should be given death penalty as well.

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