Court upholds death penalty for men convicted in fatal gang rape

Court upholds death penalty for men convicted in fatal gang rape

Earlier, the trial court had also sentenced all the four convicts to death penalty.

The case definitely meets the rarest of rare benchmark, the bench said.

SDM Usha Chaturvedi told TOI she was "happy and satisfied" the convicts would be sent to the gallows, and that Nirbhaya in December 2012 said "the rapists should not just be hanged but (also) set on fire", the report said.

India's Supreme Court has upheld death sentences against four men who fatally gang raped a woman on board a bus in 2012, a crime that sparked widespread protests and drew global attention over violence against women. For five years, Nirbhaya aka Jyoti Singh's parents and family have been waiting for Supreme Court's verdict on the Nirbhaya gang rape case that had ignited a roar of debate across the country.

Prosecutors said the four - Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh - took their victim to the back of a private bus in New Delhi, raping her and then damaging her internal organs with an iron rod.

On Friday, May 5th, 2017 the Supreme Court of New Delhi took its final judgment in Nirbhaya gangrape-cum-murder case. Almost two weeks later, the woman died. Ahead of hearing this morning, her mother, Asha Devi said that not just apex court, even the Supreme God will not forgive such people. The criminals threw her out of their vehicle with her male friend.The UP (Uttar Pradesh) government survived her and looked after her till December 29th. Ram Singh who was one the six accused hanged himself in prison, while another who was a juvenile was sent to reform home in August past year. The woman succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012.

The Judgement's Part146 termed the crime as "rarest of rare", "barbaric" and held, "If at all there is a case warranting award of death sentence, it is the present case".

The incident triggered widespread protests across the country and led to major changes in laws related to rape, sexual harassment and delinquent acts. Now the convicts have the chance to file review and the curative plea against the verdict.

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