Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

December 16 Gang Rape Convicts To Hang, SC Rejects Review Plea

December 16 Gang Rape Convicts To Hang, SC Rejects Review Plea

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the pleas filed by three of the four men convicted in the Delhi gangrape case, seeking a review of the court's verdict upholding their death penalty for the brutal sexual assault on a 23-year-old paramedic student on 16 December, 2012.

Today (July 09), a bench made up of the chief justice of India, Dipak Misra, and justices Ashok Bhushan and R Banumathi dismissed the review petitions filed by three of the accused following the court's May 05, 2017, decision that first confirmed the death penalty. The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, had not filed a review petition. The highest court of India has rejected their plea and has upheld the hang to death verdict.

The victim, a 23-year-old physiotherapist, was gang-raped by six persons, including a juvenile, in Delhi in a moving chartered bus on December 16, 2012. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

A fifth man, who was the suspected leader of the group, was found dead in prison in what is thought to be a suicide, while a 17-year-old was sentenced to three years in a detention center and has since been released. "I believe sooner they're hanged, better it is", Badrinath Singh, father of 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim quoted as saying.

The brutality of the crime had led to nationwide street protests and changes in laws regarding sexual violence against women.

In September 2013, four of the men were convicted of murder, gang-rape, theft, conspiracy and "unnatural acts" following a seven-month trial.

Singh, lawyer of two convicts, Pawan and Vinay told ANI he is hopeful that his clients would get justice.

A television journalist sets his camera inside the premises of the Supreme Court in New Delhi February 18, 2014.

Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh had challenged the court's 2017 ruling upholding their death penalty.

According to National Crime Records Bureau data for 2016, incidents of rape of children in India increased by over 82 percent compared with 2015, when almost 35,000 rape cases were reported to the police.

The crime shocked the nation's conscience, they said. However, the Centre amended the rape law to introduce the death penalty as the maximum punishment in gang rape cases.

Sentencing the four in 2013, Judge Yogesh Khanna said the case fell into the "rarest of rare category" which justifies capital punishment in India.

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