Bus gang-rape killers to hang after final appeal turned down

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

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

"In these review petitions, no ground has been made out which may furnish any ground to review the judgment, We, thus, find no merit in these review petitions and consequently, the review petitions are dismissed", said Justice Bhushan, who authored the judgment on behalf of the bench. It was later upheld by the high court. It also rejected the claim of one of the convicts, Vinay, that he was juvenile at the time of the incident.The convicts had challenged the validity of the dying declaration and claimed that there were discrepancies in her statement.

The victim's mother Asha Devi was quoted by ANI as saying, " They were not juveniles.

On May 5, the same bench of Justices Misra, Banumathi and Bhushan had upheld the Delhi HC decision to award the four convicts capital punishment. The review petition has been filed in the apex court urging it to reduce the death sentence to life imprisonment.

Sept 13, 2013 remaining four accused were sentenced to death by Additional Sessions Court.

In April 2018, the Centre had approved an ordinance introducing death penalty for those convicted of raping girls aged 12 years or younger, it said.

The court said that the order was a considered one and there was no ground to re-consider the verdict.

Interestingly, the committee was opposed to the death penalty as a punishment - even in the rarest of the rare cases.

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She, however, added, "As far as death penalty is concerned, as a matter of principle, we are against it".

In its 2017 verdict, the Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence the Delhi High Court and trial court had awarded to the convicts for raping the 23-year-old in a moving bus in December 2012. She came to be known as "Nirbhaya", meaning "fearless".

"Unfortunately, executions do not eradicate violence against women".

The brutal attack prompted widespread protests throughout the country, sparked a new debate about women's safety in India and resulted in strict changes to the country's rape laws which now allows for the death penalty in some rape cases.

A juvenile, who was among the accused, was convicted by a juvenile justice board.

The 23-year-old woman was coming home from the cinema with a male friend when a six-strong gang beat the man unconscious before raping and torturing her.

She was also severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. The victim succumbed to her injuries two weeks later at a hospital in Singapore.

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