Nirbhaya's four rapists have to die as Supreme Court upholds capital punishment

Hannah Rogers
July 10, 2018

India's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death penalty for three men convicted in the gang rape of a young woman in Delhi in 2012, a landmark case that brought an unprecedented level of attention to violence against women in the country.

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

The review petitions challenge the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on May 5, 2017 confirming death penalty for all the four accused. The convicts (Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh) are seeking reduction of their death sentence to a life term.

When asked her course of action if the convicts file a curative petition, Asha Devi, Jyoti's mother told media persons, "We will also follow the due process of law".

May 2017: The Supreme Court upholds the high court's decision to give them death sentences.

Six men had raped and brutally assaulted a 23-year-old student in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012.

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.

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

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Of the six people arrested, one committed suicide in prison in 2013, while the juvenile was sentenced to three years in a reform facility and released in 2015.

"A review of a judgement is a serious step and reluctant resort to... it is proper only where a glaring omission or patent mistake or like grave error has crept in earlier by judicial fallibility", said Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.

The Supreme Court today said the abolition of death penalty by the British Parliament, several Latin American nations and Australian states was no ground to erase capital punishment from the statutes in India.

The gang beat the man unconscious before raping and torturing 23-year-old Singh with an iron bar as the private bus drove loops through the Indian capital.

Delhi Commission for Women's chief Swati Maliwal said that she would issue a notice to the Delhi police and Tihar jail to find out when the execution will take place.

"The casual manner with which she was treated and the devilish manner in which they played with her identity and dignity is humanly inconceivable".

She died of her injuries in hospital.

She, however, added, "As far as death penalty is concerned, as a matter of principle, we are against it".

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