Supreme Court Rejects Convicts’ Plea Nirbhaya Rapists
The Supreme Court on Monday gave its ruling, in Nirbhaya case which created sensation across the country. The court dismissed the review petition filed by three convicts in the case. It cleared that hanging them was right.
“There is no new material to review our order,” said three judges led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, on the review petition of Mukesh, 29, Pawan Gupta, 22 and Vinay Sharma, 23.
In its judgement, the Supreme Court had said that the “brutal, barbaric and diabolic nature” of the crime could create a “tsunami of shock” to destroy a civilised society.
The convicts appealed to the court to review their sentence, saying it was “cold-blooded killing in the name of Justice”. The court agreed to hear their request in November last year.
“We have faith in justice and the Supreme Court,” said the woman’s mother on the court ruling.
On December 16, 2012, a gang of six people allegedly raped a paramedical student who was accompanied by a fellow student in the South Delhi area. After the rape, the victims were thrown out of the road by the accused. The victim, who was seriously wounded in the incident, died in Singapore hospital while taking treatment on 29 December.
The entire country shocked by the incident and there is a large number of concerns across the country, stating that the victim names as ‘Nirbhaya’. Everyone demanded a fierce punishment for convicts.
The gang-rape and killing of the 23-year-old student on December 16, 2012, provoked rage and shock across India and led to big changes to laws on sexual crimes against women.
Delhi police have arrested six persons in the case. The youngest accused, just days short of 18 when he committed the crime, was sent to a juvenile home, from where he was released after a three-year term.
Of the six accused, bus driver Ram Singh killed himself in his prison cell on 11 March 2013. In September of the same year, the court has convicted remaining four. On May 5, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that four culprits were sentenced to death.
Pawan, Vinay and Mukesh, three of the culprits, filed a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging this sentence. They wanted to reduce their sentence to life imprisonment.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice Bhanumathi, has supported the execution of the accused. However, the court gave a chance for a Curative petition.