The Supreme Court of Monday,9 July upheld the death sentence awarded to the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.
The men convicted of raping and torturing a medical student on a moving bus in Delhi 2012 will hang,the Supreme Court ruled,confirming its earlier decision and rejecting the request of three of four convicts for their sentence to be ruled to a life term.
The top court was asked to reconsider its own ruling in a review plea.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan junked the pleas against the death sentence by Mukesh (29),Pawan Gupta (22), and Vinay Sharma (23), saying there is no ground to reconsider the verdict.
“There is no material to review our order“,said the three judges led by the Chief Justice , on the review petition of Mukesh ,Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma.
The fourth death row convict ,Akshay Kumar Singh (31), had not filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s May 5,2017 judgement.
The convicts now have two legal recourse. They can approach the Appex court through a curative plea seeking commutation of the death sentence.If the Supreme Court rejects their curative petition, the last resort would be to file a mercy plea before the President of India.
In the 2017 verdict, the Supreme Court had upheld the capital punishment awarded to rapists by the Delhi High Court and the trial court sentencing the four men to death fro raping the young women, who dies after 16 years after the savage assault.
The 23- year old paramedic student was gang-raped on the night of December 16, 2012 inside a running bus in south Delhi by six people and severely assaulted.She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore.
One of the accused Ram Singh had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail.A minor convicted by the Juvenile Justice Board.He was released from a reformation home after serving a three year term.
“We have faith in justice and the Supreme Court”, said the woman’s mother on the court ruling.
The gang-rape and killing of the 23 year old student ,provoked rage and shock across India and lead to laws on sexual crimes against women.