However, Yadav's defence counsel Dharmender Kumar Mishra sought leniency citing his family background. He told the court that Yadav has old and ailing parents, a wife and three minor children who were dependent on him. The convict's father is a retired teacher who has to take care of his family, including Yadav's brother who is mentally challenged, through his pension, the defence counsel apprised the court. The court directed the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to make necessary provisions for care and maintenance of his family. The court, however, observed that the convict did not think about his family while committing the rape and they suffered due to his act. Yadav's wife, his two daughters and father, who were present in the court room, broke down after hearing the sentence.The victim's parents, who were also present in court, expressed satisfaction.
The court also recommended to the DLSA to pay adequate compensation to the victim. Yadav was convicted last month on charges of rape, causing grievous bodily harm and endangering the life of the woman, and other charges dealing with kidnapping, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt. Police said the woman executive was raped by Yadav on the night of December 5, 2014, in the cab she hired to head back home in north Delhi's Inderlok area. Yadav drove the woman to an isolated place and raped her.