Nirbhaya's rapists will be hanged, SC rejects convicts' plea

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

Nirbhaya's rapists will be hanged, SC rejects convicts' plea

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a review petition on the death sentence filed by three of the four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case.

All pleas of convicts were taken into account during hearing of appeals against HC order and no new ground has been raised in review petitions to warrant reconsideration of death penalties awarded to them in May2017, the Bench observed.

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

"It is justice to all", said Asha Devi, who was present in court for the verdict.

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Senior Supreme Court lawyer, Vrinda Grover, said that she was "not at all convinced that it [the verdict] will be a deterrent this time around". But their "struggle does not end here", she said, referring to the legal steps that remain before the death sentence is carried out.

The top court had upheld the death sentences in May 2017, following which the convicts had filed a review petition.

Interestingly, the committee was opposed to the death penalty as a punishment - even in the rarest of the rare cases. Justice is getting delayed. "I request judiciary to tighten their judicial system, serve justice to Nirbhaya by hanging them (culprits) as soon as possible and help other girls and women".

Asha Devi, Nirbhaya's mother, said that she would not rest until her daughter's rapists are hanged.

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On May 5 a year ago, the top court had upheld the death penalty to the four convicts - Mukesh (29), Pawan (22), Vinay Sharma (23) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31), saying the "brutal, barbaric and diabolic nature" of the crime could create a "tsunami of shock" to destroy a civilised society. Her friend was beaten severely, and both were thrown out of the bus at a secluded spot. The juvenile convicted in the case by the Juvenile Justice Board was released from a reform home after serving a three-year term.

The woman died of internal injuries almost two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.

The case, which scarred the nation, had headlined across the world, triggering big changes to laws on sexual crimes against women.

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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