2012 Delhi Gangrape Case: Four Rapists to be hanged, SC reconfirms death penalty

Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the pleas of three of the four convicts Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23).

The apex court in its May 2017 verdict upheld the capital punishment awarded to the four convicts by the Delhi high court and the trial court in the case of gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student on December 16, 2012.

The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), has not yet filed a review petition against the apex court’s May 5, 2017 judgement. Advocate A P Singh, representing Akshay, said he will be filing a review petition.

While one of the accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail, another accused, a juvenile, was convicted by the juvenile justice board and was released after three years from a reformation home.

‘They were not juveniles. It is unfortunate that they committed such crime. This decision reaffirms our trust in court that we will get justice’ said mother of the victim.

In its May 2017 ruling upholding the death sentence, the Supreme Court had said that the “brutal, barbaric and diabolic nature” of the crime could create a “tsunami of shock” to destroy a civilised society.

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