Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

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

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

The fourth convict in the case also on a death row, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), did not file a review petition against the Supreme Court's judgment from 5 May, 2017, but his lawyer AP Singh said he would file the plea next week.

"There is no evidence to show that the death penalty acts as a deterrent for sexual violence or any other crime", said Asmita Basu, a top official of the global rights organization in India.

"There is no material to review our order", said the three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on the review petition filed by three out of the four convicts - Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma - handed death penalty.

Justice Bhushan said that "the ambit and scope of a review petition is well-defined and can only be entertained if there is judicial fallibility, miscarriage of justice and error apparent in the earlier apex court judgment", The Hindu reported.

India's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence in the 2012 New Delhi bus gang-rape case, a crime that sparked widespread protests leading to stronger anti-rape laws.

The Delhi rape case pertains to the gang rape of a paramedical student on 16 December 2012, which triggered nationwide protests.

The crime shocked the nation's conscience, they said. Their sentence was upheld by the Delhi high court in 2014. Hanging a few men will not change the manner in which women are affected by sexual violence in their daily lives.

On December 16, 2012, six people gang-raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in a moving bus in Delhi.

She said the DCW would issue a notice to the Delhi Police and the Tihar Jail authorities, asking them to expedite the execution of the convicted rapists. "This decision reaffirms our trust in the court that we will definitely get justice", Asha Devi added.

A fast track court had covicted four to death in less than year after the brutal gang-rape and murder of the paramedic student. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

Amnesty International suggested that instead of awarding capital punishment, the government should allocate adequate resources for improving the implementation of laws, improve the conviction rates and ensure certainty of justice in all cases. The fifth convict committed suicide in jail in 2013 while the sixth one was a minor at the time.

A juvenile accused was convicted by a juvenile justice board. Among the guilty the under 18 man was sent to juvenile prison and released after three years while Ram Singh killed himself in prison.

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