SC upholds death penalty for 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case convicts

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death penalty granted to the four convicts in the sensational gang rape and murder of a paramedical student on December 16 in 2012 in New Delhi.

A bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, justice R Banumathi and justice Ashok Bhushan delivered the judgement on the review petition of three convicts of the four were awarded death penalty.

Mukesh, 29, Pawan Gupta, 22 and Vinay Sharma, 23 had filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s judgement in May last year, except the fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31.

The court pronounced its judgement in the presence of the victim’s parents.

The paramedical student was brutally assaulted and raped by six persons on a moving bus in South Delhi on December 16 in 2012, an incident which triggered nationwide protests. A male friend accompanying her was also beaten up. The woman died later in September 2013, causing nation-wide outrage.

The four convicts—Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay—were awarded death sentence by a Delhi trial court in 2013. Their sentence was upheld by the Delhi high court in 2014.

One of the accused, who was a juvenile at the time of the incident, has been sent to a reform centre for three years while another, Ram Singh, was found dead in jail.

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