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

India’s Supreme Court reaffirms death penalty for ‘diabolical’ assailants in 2012 fatal gang rape

The Supreme Court today rejected an appeal for a reduced sentence and reaffirmed the death penalty for the accused in the rape and murder of a medical student in Delhi in 2012. It's affecting other daughters of the society.

Delhi Police, however, opposed the review plea and told the court that submissions advanced by the counsel appearing for Mukesh do not make out a case for review of the apex court's judgment.

She said it had been a hard battle - but nothing compared to the 14 days she spent by her daughter's side as she fought and lost the battle for her life, reports the BBC's Divya Arya, who was at court. Challenging the Supreme Court's verdict, Mukesh had previous year filed a review petition alleging that the court had not properly examined crucial evidence in the 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.

"I want that as soon as possible they are hanged to death", Devi said in an interview with The Post. "This judgement shows that law takes its own course in this country", Rekha Sharma, Chairperson of NCW told news agency ANI. "I welcome this decision as it proves justice can be delayed but not denied".

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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.

Four of the attackers were sentenced to death in 2013 while the fifth hanged himself in prison during the original seven-month trial.

The woman was gang-raped by the six people present and violated with an iron rod when she protested.

Ms Singh was dumped on the streets 45 minutes later and died from her internal injuries 13 days after the attack in a Singapore hospital. The remaining four accused were sentenced to death by Additional Sessions Judge. The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, had not filed a review petition. The minor was tried in juvenile court and remanded to shelter home for three years before he was released in December 2015. Hanging a few men will not change the manner in which women are affected by sexual violence in their daily lives.

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