Nirbhaya case: Supreme Court upholds death penalty for three rapists

Pauline Gross
July 9, 2018

In May last year, India's highest court upheld the 2013 death penalty verdicts for four of the six assailants who gang-raped and tortured a 23-year-old college student in New Delhi in December 2012, saying they did not deserve leniency due to "brutal, barbaric and diabolical" conduct.

"The review petition of all the three convicts has been rejected", A. P. Singh, a lawyer for the defendants, told reporters. Later, two out of four convicts filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the death penalty awarded to them. The juvenile convicted in the case by the Juvenile Justice Board was released from a reform home after serving a three-year term. The convicts were heard elaborately during appeals and no grounds were made out for review of its verdict, the court added.

The court said Monday that the convicts failed to point out "error apparent on the face of record" in the verdict, according to the news agency. His lawyer had claimed that his client was being framed.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student was attacked on a bus as she and a male friend returned from watching a film in December 2012.

She subsequently died during the treatment at a Singapore hospital on December 29, the same year. The incident had triggered a massive anger among the people that led to the government to adopt several laws for the safety of women.

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The Supreme Court in May previous year upheld the Delhi High court order of death penalty to four convicts Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay.

May 2017: The Supreme Court upholds the high court's decision to give them death sentences. But their "struggle does not end here", she said, referring to the legal steps that remain before the death sentence is carried out.

The accused had then put up a clever masquerade with three of them posing as passengers in the bus when the victim and her friend, who were trying to get to Dwarka, were lured into the bus by the juvenile at the Munirka bus stop. It had, on March 13, 2014, upheld the death sentences awarded to the four.

Interestingly, the committee was opposed to the death penalty as a punishment - even in the rarest of the rare cases. Hanging a few men will not change the manner in which women are affected by sexual violence in their daily lives.

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