India bus gang-rape killers to hang after final appeal turned down

10 July, 2018, 09:38 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Nirbhaya's mother and father protest

"There is no material to review our order", said three judges led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, on the review petitions of Mukesh, 29, Pawan Gupta, 22 and Vinay Sharma, 23.

"By not imposing a death sentence in such cases, the courts may do injustice to the society at large", Banumathi had said in the judgment.

"We knew that review petition will be dismissed".

On 16 December 2012, the six convicts raped and brutalised the student in a moving bus she had boarded in South Delhi with a male friend. The victim succumbed to her injuries two weeks later at a hospital in Singapore.

Four of the attackers were sentenced to death in 2013 while the fifth hanged himself in prison during the original seven-month trial.

The bench also ruled that the three convicts were heard elaborately during the stage of their appeal against the Delhi High Court's judgement, and no case had been made out by them for review of the apex court's verdict upholding the death penalty.

The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its verdict upholding the death sentence to four convicts who gangraped and murdered Nirbhaya. "So far the death penalty remains in the penal code, the courts can not be held to commit any illegality in awarding death penalty in appropriate cases", the top court said.

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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.

In its previous judgement, the SC had said that "the brutal, barbaric and diabolic nature" of the crime was capable of creating "a tsunami of shock" that could destroy a civilised society.

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.

Interestingly, the committee was opposed to the death penalty as a punishment - even in the rarest of the rare cases.

Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi said, "We are relieved that justice has been meted out".

The victim's grandfather Lalji Singh said if the culprits were hanged to death by now, then such monstrous incidents would not have happened, referring to repeated cases of rapes in various parts of the country. Curative petitions challenging a death penalty can be filed on the grounds that there is evidence the convicts have not put forth in the past. "Speedy justice should be also meted out to other young girls and women, who have been victims of similar crimes".

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