Thursday, 13 March 2014

Nirbhaya Gang-Rape Case: Delhi High Court Confirms Death Penalty to 4 Convicts

Posted by Siva Kumar Ari
The Delhi high court on Thursday upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl here on December 16, 2012 that shook the nation's conscience and led to widespread protests.
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A bench of justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani confirmed the sentence of Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh, saying the offence committed by them falls in the category of rarest of the rare and upheld their conviction.
"Death reference is accepted. Death sentence awarded by the trial court is affirmed. The appeals of the convicts are dismissed," the bench said.

The lawyers of the four men - Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Akshay Thakur - have said they will move the Supreme Court against today's High Court verdict.

The young woman's parents were present in court today. Outside her father said, "We are very happy. This verdict will effect many other cases." Around them people held up posters and raised slogans against the convicts.

Here what is Happening on that day

On December 16, 2012, a Sunday evening, the student and her male friend were looking for a way home after watching a film at a fancy south Delhi mall, and climbed into a private bus that had six men on it.
The high court had reserved its verdict on January 3 after a marathon three-and-a-half-month long hearing on the death sentence reference sent to it by the trial court and the appeals of the four convicts.

The girl succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 in a Singapore hospital.

Ram Singh, who was the prime accused, was found dead in his cell in Tihar Jail in March last year and the proceedings against him were abated.
The sixth accused, the juvenile was on August 31, 2013 convicted and sentenced to a maximum of three years in a reformation home by the juvenile justice board.

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