New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday convicted three youths for abducting, gangraping and murdering a 19-year-old girl whose mutilated and decomposed body was recovered after three days from a village in Haryana in 2012.
Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat held Rahul (27), Ravi (23) and Vinod (23) guilty of the offences, saying they had gratified their "sexual lust upon the deceased by subjecting her to rape one by one".
"All the circumstances proved by the prosecution in the present case unerringly point to one hypotheses i.e. The guilt of the accused. Nothing has been brought on record which would point towards innocence of the accused.
"Resultantly, I hold that prosecution has been successful in proving the charges against the accused beyond reasonable doubt. There remains no doubt that deceased `K` was kidnapped, gangraped and killed in cold blood by there three accused," the judge said.
The court has fixed February 17 for arguments on quantum of sentence.
Talking to the media after pronouncement of the verdict, parents of the victim said that the three deserved capital punishment for their acts.
The three youths were arrested and booked for offences of kidnapping, unnatural sex, gangrape and murder of a girl on intervening night of February 9 and 10, 2012.
The court, however, acquitted the three of the charges of unnatural sex saying no such evidence was found against them.
According to the prosecution, the girl, who was working as a data entry operator in Gurgaon`s Cyber City, was kidnapped by the three youths in a car near her house in Qutub Vihar here and was gangraped and murdered by them on February 9, 2012.
Additional public prosecutor Satwinder Kaur had informed the court that the victim`s mutilated body was found three days after the incident from a mustard field in Rodhai village in Haryana`s Rewari district.
A Congress leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there is a view in the party whether an FIR should be lodged against Rajgopal and some others. He, however, hastened to add that no such decision has been taken so far.
At the party briefing, Singhvi said "under the law, this falls in the jurisdiction of the Presiding Officer. Congress unequivocally condemns it and calls for strictest possible action...It should not be seen from the prisms of a political party."
To a question drawing parallel with the incident in Lok Sabha today with the terrorist attack on Parliament, Singhvi said while every one should unequivocally condemn such incidents "do not compare external terrorist attacks with it. It is an internal attack with a different nature."
Singhvi also said his condemnation is for the scuffle and the pepper spray act in Parliament but the party understands the emotion and the sentiment attached with the issue.
He was asked about Congress ministers joining opposition party members in protest against Telangana.
He said the issue is on regional lines and not political and hence A, B or C party is immaterial.
To questions about demand for frisking of MPs, Singhvi said it was "unfortunate" that such things are being talked about but these demands will rise if such incidents recur.