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

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

In May past year, the apex court had upheld the decisions of the Delhi High Court and the trial court, sentencing Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and the fourth convict, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, to death for the brutal gang rape-murder of Jyoti in Delhi in 2012.

The apex court dismissed the review petitions filed by three of the four convicts Mukesh (31), Pawan Gupta (24) and Vinay Sharma (25), saying no ground has been made out by them for a review of the top court verdict of May 5 past year.

The court said the death-row convicts had failed to point out any "error" in the earlier judgment.

When asked her course of action if the convicts file a curative petition, Asha Devi, Jyoti's mother told media persons, "We will also follow the due process of law".

She was dumped on the streets after 45 minutes with horrific internal injuries, and died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital. The highest court of India has rejected their plea and has upheld the hang to death verdict. The four convicts-Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay-were awarded death sentence by a Delhi trial court in 2013.

The top court had upheld the death sentences in May 2017, following which the convicts had filed a review petition. One of the accused, Ram Singh, committed suicide in Tihar Central Jail while the sixth accused, a minor, was sent to a correction home and has been released after serving his probation period.

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Devi said she believed that nothing less than the death penalty could curb such crimes. They can file one last petition with the Supreme Court, and if it's again rejected, they can seek presidential mercy, said A.P. Singh, the defence attorney.

The three men - Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh - had asked the Supreme Court to consider less severe punishment. The verdict has come after Centre in April had approved an ordinance introducing the death penalty for those convicted for raping girls aged 12 years or younger.

The Supreme Court today said the abolition of death penalty by the British Parliament, several Latin American nations and Australian states was no ground to erase capital punishment from the statutes in India.

The brutal crime had sparked widespread protests and drew worldwide attention over violence against women in India.

She also said that their faith in the judiciary has been reinstated.

The victim's grandfather Lalji Singh said if the culprits were hanged to death by now, then such monstrous incidents would not have happened, referring to repeated cases of rapes in various parts of the country.

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