The death sentence

The death sentence

I’m not going to get into any discussion here, on the rights and wrongs of capital punishment.

Basically, however much one might abhor the idea of a death sentence, today’s decision by the Supreme Court to award the death sentence to the men who viciously gang-raped 23 year old Jyoti Singh Pandey in December 2012, and then eviscerated her, and then tried to drive a bus over her…well, let’s just say the country appears to have zero sympathy for these evil men.

Whatever comments I have read during the afternoon, since the long-awaited verdict was announced, all seem to follow the same pattern:

“I’m not usually in favour of the death sentence, but in this case…”

I blogged extensively about this beyond-horrific case at the time, and if you search though my archives, you’ll find many blog posts.  Here is a link to just one, written 3 years after her death.  Search “gang rape” and you’ll find too many blog posts for comfort.

Even after 4 1/2 years, I can hardly bear to think about the viciousness of the attack on that poor young girl, the age of my own daughter.  Went to a movie with a friend, and then died a death so horrific, I feel sick as I write.

To quote the Supreme Court judges:

“If at all there is a case warranting award of death sentence, it is the present case.”

If only the most evil and the most vicious of these murderers hadn’t got off because – oh so conveniently – he was just a few months shy of his 18th birthday…but still, 4 out of the surviving 5 will pay for their brutality.

Justice has been seen to be done today.

India needed this.

Jyoti’s dear dignified parents needed this.

I am pleased with the verdict.


  1. I must say I am impressed that our legal process if slow is nothing if not thorough. When the death sentence is finally carried out as it should be, there will not be a single voice that will claim that the accused were not given due hearing.

  2. There are only 2 things about this that make me sad- that the poor young woman didn’t live to see justice, and that the”boy” got off! And the other emotion is anger – why did it take so long for justice to be done. And now I supposed there will be a series of appeals?

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