Nirbhaya case: Supreme Court upholds death penalty for three rapists

Monday, 09 Jul, 2018

The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on pleas filed by the three death row convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case on Monday. The review petition has been filed in the apex court urging it to reduce the death sentence to life imprisonment. The judgement was pronounced on a review petition filed by three out of the four convicts against a May 2017 order of the apex court, which had upheld the death sentence of the convicts. The court rejected the review pleas filed by the three convicts.

Mentioning that there are no grounds to reconsider the 2017-SC verdict, the Court also stated that reviews can be sought only when there are apparent errors resulting in miscarriage of justice and that the convicts cannot use the review petition to re-argue the case. His lawyer had claimed that his client was being framed.

She was gangraped on the intervening night of 16-17 December, 2012 inside a running bus in south Delhi by six persons and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road.

The woman died of internal injuries almost two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. On July 9, 2018 SC will decide the fate of the four accused of death sentence in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case.

This incident sparked massive outrage among the public who held protest marchs and candle-light vigils across the country demanding justice for Jyoti Singh.

Four of the attackers were sentenced to death in 2013 while the fifth hanged himself in prison during the original seven-month trial.

March 11: Ram Singh, the bus driver, is found hanging in his cell in Tihar jail.

She succumbed to injuries in September 2013.

November 1: The Delhi High Court starts hearing the case on a daily basis.

But many were spared the noose by higher courts on appeals, including 35 who were acquitted outright. The five accused, Ram Singh, his brother, Mukesh, and their accomplices - Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur - are charge- sheeted under the IPC for murder, gang-rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting while committing robbery, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and acting with a common intent.

On August 31, the juvenile was sentenced to three years at a probation home.