Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

December 16 Gang Rape Convicts To Hang, SC Rejects Review Plea

December 16 Gang Rape Convicts To Hang, SC Rejects Review Plea

The May 2017 verdict by the Supreme Court was delivered in appeal against the death sentence awarded to them by the Delhi high court, which considered it to be a "rarest of rare" case.

June 2: Two death row convicts move the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court verdict.

CNN-News18 (formerly known as CNN-IBN) has been the world's window to India and India's window to the world. The convicts were heard elaborately during appeals and no grounds were made out for review of its verdict, the court added.

"This decision reaffirms our trust in the court that we will definitely get justice", said mother of Nirbhaya, Asha Devi, who along with her husband was present in the court for the verdict today.

Indian defence lawyer AP Singh representing men accused of gang-raping and murdering a woman in 2012 talks to the media outside India's supreme court building in New Delhi on July 9, 2018.

Fighting for life for days, the woman died on December 29, 2012 at a hospital in Singapore.

The convicts can file one more petition challenging their sentence and if that's turned down too, can ask the President for mercy. The woman was brutally raped and beaten up by six men in the moving bus and thrown out of it near Mahipalpur along with her male friend.

It all started on the fateful day of December 16, 2012, when the four appellants along with the main accused late Ram Singh and the juvenile accused took out a bus for a "joyride" as was the routine on Sunday evenings. She succumbed to injuries in September 2013.

Another, who was aged 17 at the time, was released in 2015 after serving three years in a reform facility - the maximum term possible for a juvenile in India. The three men, and a fourth who did not contest the sentence, face death by hanging.

The brutal attack prompted widespread protests throughout the country, sparked a new debate about women's safety in India and resulted in strict changes to the country's rape laws which now allows for the death penalty in some rape cases.

Reacting to the judgement, Delhi Commission for Women's chief, Swati Maliwal, said, "Welcome SC decision on Nirbhaya matter of upholding the death penalty to rapists".

The five accused, Ram Singh, his brother, Mukesh, and their accomplices - Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur - are charge- sheeted under the IPC for murder, gang-rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting while committing robbery, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and acting with a common intent.

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