Death Sentence to Nirbhaya rapists confirmed by Supreme Court

Death Sentence to Nirbhaya rapists confirmed by Supreme Court

Death Sentence to Nirbhaya rapists confirmed by Supreme Court

The Saket fast-track court had awarded death penalty for four convicts of the Nirbhaya rape case, which was upheld by the Delhi HC in 2017.

On Monday, the court rejected the review petition of three of the six assailants - Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma, all in their 20s - who had asked the court to consider commuting their death sentence to life imprisonment.

"There is no merit in the petitions", said Justice Ashok Bhushan, who read out the judgment.

In Madhya Pradesh, WCD minister Maneka Gandhi said that a convict had been awarded the death sentence for raping a minor girl after a new law was formulated in the state.

On December 16, 2012, 23-year-old Jyoti Singh, a paramedic student, was gangraped in a moving bus in New Delhi by six men including a juvenile.

Ms Singh was dumped on the streets 45 minutes later with horrific internal injuries, and died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital. The juvenile convicted in the case by the Juvenile Justice Board was released from a reform home after serving a three-year term.

Badrinath Singh, the victim's father, said he was "happy" with the SC decision.

The case put the treatment of women in India in the global spotlight and led to heavier sentences for sex crimes.

In September 2013, four of the men were convicted of murder, gang-rape, theft, conspiracy and "unnatural acts" following a seven-month trial. The only other legal option for the four is through a mercy petition to the President of India.

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

The fourth did not appeal, but his lawyer said they would soon file one, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, while deciding the appeals of the convicts against the Delhi High Court verdict, had referred to each and every gory detail of the gruesome incident that had sparked nationwide protests.

The top court had upheld the death sentences in May 2017, following which the convicts had filed a review petition.

More than 1,300 people have been sentenced to death in the past decade, and India ranks 10th globally in the number of sentences handed down. However, the Centre amended the rape law to introduce the death penalty as the maximum punishment in gang rape cases.

"What has happened between the confirmation of death sentence and now - there is no diminution of sexual violence against women", Grower said.

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