Supreme Court today reaffirmed death to Nirbhaya’s rapists, rejects life plea.
New Delhi: The mother of 23-year-old medical student who was brutally gang-raped, tortured in a moving
bus before being thrown on streets to die of Delhi on December 16, 2012, today welcomed the Supreme
Court order that reaffirmed that the four men responsible for the henious crime will hang.
The apex court, which had upheld the death sentence for the convicts in May, 2017, was hearing a review
plea from the accused requesting reduction of their death sentence to a life term.
“This decision reaffirms our trust in the court that we will definitely get justice,” said mother of
Nirbhaya, Asha Devi, who along with her husband was present in the court for the verdict today.
But she said, “Our struggle does not end here. Justice is getting delayed. It’s affecting other daughters
of the society. I request judiciary to tighten their judicial system, serve justice to
Nirbhaya by hanging them (culprits) as soon as possible and help other girls and women.”
“They were not juveniles. It is unfortunate that they committed such crime,” Asha Devi added.
“We knew that review petition will be dismissed. But what next? So much time has gone by and threat to women
have gone up in this span. I believe sooner they’re hanged, better it is,” Badrinath Singh,
father of 2012 Delhi gangrape victim told the media after the SC’s verdict today.
National Commission for Women also welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict and called it a “landmark decision
“. “I welcome this decision as it proves justice can be delayed but not denied. It’s a landmark
decision. This judgement shows that law takes its own course in this country,” Rekha Sharma,
Chairperson of NCW told news agency ANI.
The Supreme Court today rejected an appeal for a reduced sentence and reaffirmed the death penalty for
the accused in the rape and murder of a medical student in Delhi in 2012.
The four convicts will hang to death.
The review petition was filed by three of the four convicts.
While dismissing the review petition, the Supreme Court said that the death row convicts had failed to
point out the “error” in the judgement. The convicts were heard elaborately during appeals and no
grounds were made out for review of its verdict, the court added.
The 23-year-old medical student had gone to watch a movie with a friend in south Delhi and both were
assaulted when they had boarded an empty bus to return home. The woman was gangraped by the six people
present and violated with an iron rod when she protested. Her friend was beaten severely and both were
thrown out of the bus at a secluded spot.
Fighting for life for days, the woman died on December 29, 2012 at a hospital in Singapore.
While one of her assailants died in jail, another – a juvenile – was tried by a juvenile justice board
and released after he served his three-year sentence.
The other four men were sentenced to death.
The brutal incident on December 16, 2012, triggered public outrage and shock across India. It also led
to major changes to laws on sexual crimes against women.