SC denies review plea of 3 convicts demanding reduction of their death sentence in Nirbhaya gang-rape case

New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the review plea of 3 out of 4 convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case demanding reduction of their death sentence into life imprisonment.

A three-judge bench of theSupreme court including Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and R Bhanumathi in their verdict upheld its earlier order of death sentence to the convicts. Earlier the court had reserved its judgement on the petition filed by convicts Pawan Gupta(31), Vinay Sharma (25), and Mukesh (31) on May 4.

Responding to the verdict Badrinath Singh, father of 2012 gang-rape victim said, “We knew that review petition will be dismissed. But what next? So much time has gone by & threat to women have gone up in this span. I believe sooner they’re hanged, better it is.”

“Our struggle does not end here. Justice is getting delayed. It’s affecting other daughters of the society. I request judiciary to tighten their judicial system, serve justice to Nirbhaya by hanging them as soon as possible & help other girls&women,” Asha Singh mother of the victim told media.

On 16 December 2012, a 23-year-old paramedical student was assaulted and raped by six persons in a moving bus in South Delhi and thrown out with her male friend. She subsequently died during the treatment at a Singapore hospital on December 29 the same year.

Ram Singh one of the prime accused had allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar jail in 2013 during the trial of the case, while another accused was found out by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) as a minor and sentenced him to three years term at a probation home.

The remaining 4 convicts were awarded death sentence by the Saket’s Fast-track Court on September 13, 2013.

In January 2017 the Delhi High Court reserved its verdict on confirming the death sentence and appeals of the four convicts. The Supreme Court on May 5, last year, upheld the Delhi High Court order of death penalty to the four convicts.

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