Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

India's Supreme Court upholds death sentences of 2012 Delhi gang rape convicts

India's Supreme Court upholds death sentences of 2012 Delhi gang rape convicts

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petitions filed by the 2012 Delhi gang rape convicts to review the death penalty awarded to them.

A Special Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the condemned convicts' plea for a relook into their case on the ground that they were not properly represented by lawyers during the trial and vital pieces of evidence in their favour was not brought before the court.

Three of the rest of the four convicts appealed to the Supreme Court to change its own death sentence into life imprisonment.

The court said a review was possible only if there was an error or a miscarriage of justice, reported The Hindu. A review petition can not be used to re-argue the matter, justice Bhushan said.

Five men and a juvenile had lured the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist and her male friend on to a bus in New Delhi on December 16, 2012, before repeatedly raping the woman and beating both with a metal bar and dumping them on a road.

She subsequently died during the treatment at a Singapore hospital on December 29, the same year. The incident had triggered a massive anger among the people that led to the government to adopt several laws for the safety of women.

The accused had then put up a clever masquerade with three of them posing as passengers in the bus when the victim and her friend, who were trying to get to Dwarka, were lured into the bus by the juvenile at the Munirka bus stop. A few months later, one of the accused, Ram Singh, was found dead in prison. The sixth member was tried as a minor and sentenced to time in a correctional facility, while the four adults were sentenced to death in 2013, a ruling confirmed in 2014 by the Delhi high court.

Saket's Fast-track Court on September 13, 2013, had sentenced all four convicts to death. The curative would be heard by the three seniormost judges of the apex court and the judges on the Bench.

June 2: Two death row convicts move the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court verdict. He walks out of a correction home after spending three years.

The apex court had sentenced the convicts - Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma - to death in May a year ago.

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