On Friday, the Supreme Court upheld the earlier order of death sentence for the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case. The verdict comes five years after a 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped and tortured in a moving bus in Delhi. Thirteen days later, she died in a Singapore hospital.
In 2013, a trial court had ruled that they should be hanged, and the sentence was confirmed by the high court. This was challenged in the SC by the four convicts – Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh.
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“The Nirbhaya rape-cum-murder case is rarest of rare case and we are compelled to give extreme punishment to ensure justice. The brutal, barbaric, and demoniacal conduct of the convicts shook the conscience of humanity and they don’t deserve leniency,” said the apex court, while delivering the order, according to a report in The Times of India.
The fifth convict, bus driver Ram Singh, was found hanging in his Tihar jail cell in March 2013. The sixth convict was just shy of 18 at the time this crime was committed. In December 2015, he was released from a correction home after three years, which is the maximum punishment for minors.