Even as the arguments regarding the quantum of punishment for the four convicted in the Delhi gangrape case are due to begin on Wednesday, reactions began to pour in, mostly praising the Delhi Police's investigations.
The four accused — Pawan Gupta, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh — in the case were today found guilty of all charges by a Delhi court.
Kiran Bedi told CNN-IBN that the police did an excellent job with the case, but that the sentence the convicts now receive should be in proportion to the crime they have committed.
"The police did an excellent job and used all the forensic evidence to the maximum, so it has been an excellently investigated case. It is a very good case study for what an excellently investigated and executed case should be," she said.
However, she also said that in cases like these, compassion should not be a factor. "It was expected that they will get convicted. To my mind it is a very beastly crime and to my mind it requires the severest of punishments — which is the death penalty. In this case compassion should not factor in," she said.
"The sentence being proportionate to the crime is what will deliver justice to the victim. This is a crime against society. It is a crime against humanity," Bedi added.
The severity of the punishment is what matters she said.
Arun Bhagat, former commissioner of Delhi Police, told CNN-IBN that the verdict should satisfy everyone including the family of the victim.
"It brings to light the fact that if there is a will and determination then trials can be held very fast and the guilty can be brought to justice. This is a very important lesson which we must emulate not only in serious cases but in lesser offences," Bhagat said.
Delhi Police Joint CP Tejinder Luthra has said that as a policeman he is "very happy because court has praised the investigation".
Acknowledging that there has had to be a change in how the police deals with such cases, he said, "The case has made us more sensitive about problems and safety of women and children and I assure you that the Delhi Police will leave no stone unturned to conduct other cases like this too."
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde too warned that such acts would be dealt with sternly. "Whosoever commits such acts will be dealt with severely by the law and they will be given death by hanging," Shinde told CNN-IBN.
However, Brinda Karat of the CPI-M said that the verdict which was pronounced nine months after the case was late in coming. "I think this was an open and shut case. What is surprising is that it has taken the court so long to pronounce a verdict. This is a case in which the judgement of guilt should not have taken so long," she said.
Karat also pushed for a certainty of punishment in cases of sexual violence. "I think the certainty of punishment is what should be there in cases of sexual assault in India," she said.
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