New Delhi: The Indian Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its verdict upholding the death sentence to four convicts who gangraped and murdered Nirbhaya.
Dismissing the plea for the recall of the May 5, 2017 verdict upholding the death sentence, Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Ashok Bhushan said that the petition lacked grounds for a review.
Pronouncing the judgement, Justice Bhushan said the review petition must show an error resulting in miscarriage of justice. He said none of the petitions by the convicts pointed out to an error leading to miscarriage of justice.
A young professional, Nirbhaya, as she came to be known, was brutally sexually assaulted in a moving bus by five men – one of whom committed suicide in prison – on December 16, 2012.
The crime triggered nationwide outrage. Nirbhaya died in a Singapore hospital.
The court also said that the hearing on the appeals against the Delhi High Court judgement confirming the death sentence lasted 38 days as the lawyers for the four convicts were given full opportunity to state their case.
2012 Delhi gang-rape case: Supreme Court dismisses review pleas filed by 3 of the 4 convicts seeking reduction of their death sentence to a life term, upholds its earlier order of death sentence. pic.twitter.com/0OfFO8qIWo— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2018
Nirbhaya’s parents react to the Supreme Court rejection of appeal by the rapists:
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 as soon as possible & help other girls&women: Asha Devi, mother of 2012 Delhi pic.twitter.com/9BJUGULRQC— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2018
They were not juveniles. It is unfortunate that they committed such crime. This decision reaffirms our trust in the court that we will definitely get justice: Asha Devi, mother of 2012 Delhi gang rape victim on SC’s dismissal of the accused’s review petition pic.twitter.com/6wt204ABG5— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2018
We knew that review petition will be dismissed. But what next? So much time has gone by & threat to women have gone up in this span. I believe sooner they’re hanged, better it is: Badrinath Singh,father of 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim on SC’s dismissal of 3 accused review petition pic.twitter.com/75xWcRmVOA— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2018