A week after the judgment on the Shakti Mills gang-rape case was delivered, the court on Thursday handed over the judgment copies to the convicts in the jail. The judgment copy runs to 232 pages, with the court describing each and every incident in detail and giving a proper reasoning for each of its decision.
The court, while explaining its decision in awarding the convicts with capital punishment, held: "The crime is enormous as it has put the safety of entire womanhood at stake. This incident created a dent in the belief that Mumbai is still a safe city for women. The fact that in the heart of the city, like Mahalaxmi area, young girls are not secure or safe, but subjected to most savaged form of sexual assault by the young boys of this city, was shocking to one and all. It created a feeling of helplessness in parents, in women, in girls and in every section of society. The entire sequence of events created a fear of psychosis and left a scar on the social order and became burning social issue."
The sessions court, while awarding death penalty to three of the four convicts who were held guilty in the August 22, 2013 Shakti Mills gang-rape case, held that the society (at large) was yet to recover from the aftermath of such dastardly acts, and thus, such convicts need to be dealt sternly.
The court has referred to one of the Supreme Court judgments which held that when the collective conscience of the community is shocked, the courts must award the death sentence.
The sessions court, presided by the principal judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi, on April 4 had awarded convicts Vijay Jadhav, Salim Ansari and Kasim Shaikh alias Bangali capital punishment after the three were found guilty under the amended Act of section 376 (E) IPC. However, the fourth convict, Siraj Khan, was held guilty under gang rape, and was sentenced to suffer life imprisonment till the end of his natural life.