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Indian Supreme Court orders Nirbhaya's rapists to hang

10 July 2018
Indian Supreme Court orders Nirbhaya's rapists to hang

India's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death penalty for three men convicted in the gruesome gang rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi in 2012.

Earlier today, a Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Mishra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the review pleas filed by Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma saying no grounds have been made out by them for review of the verdict. The judgement was pronounced on a review petition filed by three out of the four convicts against a May 2017 order of the apex court, which had upheld the death sentence of the convicts.

Pronouncing the judgement, Justice Bhushan said the review petition must show an error resulting in miscarriage of justice.

The Nirbhaya case that led to amendment of law to make rape punishable with death penalty, has gone from court to court with the same verdict. After nearly two weeks, the victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital where she was flown in a last ditch bid to save her life. The juvenile convicted in the case by the Juvenile Justice Board was released from a reform home after serving a three-year term.

The victim's father said he was happy about justice done to his late daughter.

Mukesh, Pawan and Vinay had appealed for a review of the death sentence.

Four men were convicted in September 2013 for murder, gang rape, theft, conspiracy and "unnatural acts" after a seven-month trial in a fast-track court.

The apex court had sentenced the convicts - Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma - to death in May previous year.

The case also put the treatment of women in the world's largest democracy in the global spotlight and led to a stiffening of sentences for sex crimes.

The defendants" lawyer A. P. Singh "injustice" had been meted out to his clients under "political and media pressure'.

But the number of reporter rapes continue to rise - from about 25,000 in 2012 to 38,000 in 2016, according to government crime data. She died on December 29, 2012.

Interestingly, the committee was opposed to the death penalty as a punishment - even in the rarest of the rare cases. On July 9, 2018 SC will decide the fate of the four accused of death sentence in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case.

Read Also: West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi urges Jadavpur University students to call off hunger strike AP Singh, one of the counsels of the three convicts, argued before the SC that death penalty in India needs to be abolished.