The four convicts in the December 16 gangrape-cum-murder case were on Friday awarded death penalty by a Delhi court which said the gravity of the offence cannot be tolerated.
The four were convicted by the court on September 10 for the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student. Here are the reactions to the verdict pronounced by Delhi court.
Sushilkumar Shinde, Home Minister:Hailing the death sentence as exemplary, Shinde said the victim and her family have got justice.
"This was the rarest of rare crime...Damini and her family have got justice. I welcome the court ruling," Shinde told reporters here. "The 'nyay devta' has set a new example for such culprits that if you commit such a heinous crime, then you will get a stringent punishment," the minister said.
Soon after the death sentence was pronounced the social media erupted with the reactions from the comman man and political leaders.
Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha: "I welcome the judgement in Delhi gang rape case. This will serve as a deterrent for such offences," Swaraj wrote on Twitter.
Shahnawaz Hussain, National Spokesperson of BJP: "Today's death sentence is a warning for all rapists. This will instill fear into hearts of those who even THINK of committing such a crime."
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister:"Death sentence for the guilty in Nirbhaya case serves the requirement of justice. It shall act as a deterrence against heinous crimes."
Vijay Goel, Delhi BJP President:"Justice should not only be done; it must also be seen to be done. And that's what happened in #Nirbhaya Case. Kudos to Indian Judiciary."
Prithviraj Chavan, Maharashtra Chief Minister:"Nobody will dare do such heinous crime in future," he said.
(With PTI inputs)