Why did Vinay Sharma start crying?
Hearing that he will face the gallows, Vinay started crying in court while the other three convicts-Mukesh, Pawan, Akshay-started shouting for pardon, with one of the defence lawyers A P Singh also joining them in seeking mercy.
Perhaps he did not expect to be sentenced? What did he expect then?
He had no doubt perhaps, that it’s the rape victims who are ruined and become zinda laash and are hence Honor killed. (He did his best to achieve that in this case, and maybe this was not the first time either).
These six rapists (like most other Indian rapists) expected the tradition, culture and society to come to their support by shaming, blaming and silencing the victim. From what I understand they still wanted to take no chances, they attempted to destroy forensic evidence with an iron rod, and by running the young couple over and by washing the the bus.
Here is what this conviction will achieve,
The girl’s mother said that no such victim should remain silent and must come forward to lodge a complaint.
Conviction of these men will not, in one moment stop rapes altogether (obviously), but it is a definite and much needed step towards a society that questions shaming of the victims instead of condemnation, conviction and quick sentencing of the rapists.
In a way this case and the is a small but powerful step towards ending the culture of the entire society advocating for the rapists (mainly by blaming, shaming and silencing the victims)
Defence counsel A P Singh said he will move high court only “if no other rape takes place in next two months after this verdict”.
“If the country wanted this case to be a deterrent, I will wait for two months to see the crime scene. If no rape takes place due to death being given in the instant case, I will give in writing that my clients be hanged,” he said.
The conviction and sentence also brings to notice our ideas of what makes us view Indian men as good or bad.
What is Vinay’s mothers’ idea of ‘a good boy’?
… her son and friend and fellow convict Pawan Gupta were “good boys”.
“They are hard workers. Not one complaint against them,” she said…
“The judge should give them a second chance to reform themselves. Even God gives every person a second chance,”
Note: I do not think all rapists should be hanged and here is why [Read more]
“Punishment for the rape should be structured i.e. categorized and graded with severity of the injury to the victim & additional factors”
Gradation of the Punishment may help to limit severity of the cases; as any additional injury caused to the victim may attract more stringent punishment to the accused. In reverse of it abrupt terminal punishments although may act as deterrent but once incidence has been committed, accused may try to kill the victim to escape identification, so severity of the cases will increase & it will an undue risk to the possible victim caused by inherent fault in law. [link]
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