Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Delhi rape suspects get death sentence
Court says there should be 'zero tolerance'
Protesters gather in Delhi earlier this year over the rape and death of a young medical student
- Swati Deb, New Delhi
- September 13, 2013
A fast track court in Delhi on Friday sentenced four men to death by hanging, for the rape and subsequent death of a young medical student in a case that sparked nationwide outrage.
The court said the details of the case, in which the four men were accused of raping and violating the victim with a steel pipe qualified as the “rarest of the rare” situations that warranted the death sentence, adding that society should have “zero tolerance” for such a brutal crime.
The victim’s family members and others who packed the court applauded the verdict when it was announced.
“Those who behaved like animals with my daughter have been given the right punishment,” the mother of the victim said after the court ruling.
Federal Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde welcomed the judgment, saying “justice has been given to the victim”.
The victim was gang raped by six men in Delhi in a minivan on December 16 last year. She died less than two weeks later while receiving treatment at a hospital in Singapore, where she had been evacuated because of the severity of her injuries.
The four accused – Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thajur – were found guilty earlier this week on 13 counts, including murder, rape and destruction of evidence.
Six people were arrested in connection with the case. One committed suicide in jail earlier this year, while another, a 17-year-old minor at the time of the incident, was sentenced to three years in prison last month.
Courts in India hand down a death sentence only rarely, and today’s sentencing came after two postponements.
AP Singh, defense lawyer for the accused, criticized the sentencing, saying “the verdict of the court is politically motivated”.
He added that he would challenge the verdict in High Court and suggested that killing the defendants would not bring an end to rape and murder in the country.