Delhi gang-rape: The men who shamed India
A Delhi court on Tuesday convicted four men for their involvement in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case, which sparked nationwide outrage.
Zee Media Bureau/ Deepak Nagpal
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday convicted four men for their involvement in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case, which sparked nationwide outrage.
But who are these four men, and the other two accused in the case. Among the other two are Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which the rape was committed and who committed suicide in jail during the course of trial, and a juvenile, who was on August 31 sentenced to three years in a special detention centre by the Juvenile Justice Board.
The men used to live in and around Ram Dass Camp, a slum area in South Delhi.
Residents of the slum describe the men as heavy drinkers who were known for their abusive and aggressive behaviour.
Ram Singh, 32, who was found hanging in his cell in Tihar jail on March 12, had confessed in private to committing the crime but rejected all the charges in the courtroom including those of murder, rape and kidnapping.
Mukesh Singh, Ram Singh`s brother who had come to the national capital from his ancestral village in Rajasthan, used to work on the bus.
During the trial, the 29-year-old too denied the charges against him and even said that he "respected women".
Ironically, Mukesh - who wanted to "lead a simple life" - had a tattoo of two swords on his left arm signifying "bravery".
Vinay Sharma - 20 when the crime was committed - altogether denied being on the bus at the centre of the crime. A neighbour of Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh, Vinay used to work as a helper at a local gym.
While the other accused never completed schooling, Vinay finished his schooling and even wanted to have a go at the recruitment test for a job with the Indian Air Force.
19-year-old Pawan Gupta used to work as a fruitseller before he became a party to the horrific crime. A friend of Ram Singh, Pawan also worked as labourer on roads and construction sites and also with a catering company off and on.
Akshay Thakur, a father of a two-year-old child, used to work on the bus as a helper. He had previously worked in a local liquor factory and in a brick kiln.
His wife had told police that if Akshay is found guilty, then he should be "shot dead".
The juvenile - 17-year-old at the time of the incident but now an adult – had run away from his home in Uttar Pradesh when he was 11.
Described as the most brutal of the gang of six, the juvenile – who cannot be named for legal reasons – used to clean the bus.
(With agency inputs)