SC preserves death sentence for all 4 convicts in ‘barbaric’ Nirbhaya gangrape

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Memorabilia Asha Devi remembers her daughter Nirbhaya looking at the prizes she had won. Photo: VIJAY PANDEY
Memorabilia Asha Devi remembers her daughter Nirbhaya looking at the prizes she had won. (File photo)

While upholding the death sentence awarded to all the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case, the Supreme Court said, “Taking the serious injuries, the severe nature of offence committed by the convicts in consideration, we are upholding the sentence.”

The four convicts – Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar had appealed in the apex court against the capital punishment awarded to them by the trial court and upheld by the Delhi High Court on March 13, 2014.

During all these years in the course of the trial, Ram Singh, one of the six convicts was found dead in the prison while one other was tried by juvenile justice board. He had served three years in a remand home and had been released after the completion of his tenure there.

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The apex court’s final judgement on the death sentence is seen as a victory for the victim, the brave girl whose battle for life shook the entire nation.

“It was a brutal diabolical barbaric act. The entire intestine was perforated with the insertion of rods and there were bite marks on the breast of the victim which shows the mental perversion of the accused,” SC said in its order.

C_DTxznXgAAQ24jEarlier today. the mother of the victim Jyoti Singh had expressed her belief in the judicial system and said, “We have faith in the judicial system but the verdict should have been announced long ago.”

The 23-year-old victim was gangraped by six people in the moving bus, on the night of December 16, 2012. The convicts brutally injured her while using an iron rod to inflict gruesome wounds in her internal and external organs. About a fortnight later, the victim succumbed to injuries on December 29 in a Singapore hospital.