Nirbhaya gang-rape: Supreme Court upholds death sentence for all 4 convicts; victim's parents satisfied

Supreme Court confirmed death penalty for four convicts in Nirbhaya gang-rape case on Friday.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: May 05, 2017, 16:00 PM IST
Nirbhaya gang-rape: Supreme Court upholds death sentence for all 4 convicts; victim's parents satisfied

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday confirmed death penalty for all four convicts in Nirbhaya gang-rape case.

While terming the attack on the 23-year-old woman as brutal, barbaric and diabolical, the SC bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, Justice R Banumathi and Justice Ashok Bhushan said the sensational gang-rape and murder case had sent a "tsunami of shock" all over and was a 'rarest of rare' case.

While upholding the Delhi HC death penalty order, the SC bench said 'taking note of the serious injuries, the severe nature of offence committed by the convicts, we are upholding the sentence'.

The convicts had treated the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim as an object of enjoyment, with the single purpose of ravishing her, the bench observed.

The three-judge bench said victim's dying declaration is consistent and it has been proved beyond doubt and corroborated.

The three-member bench said the aggravating circumstances against Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur far outweighed the mitigating circumstances cited in their favour.

The case definitely meets the rarest of rare benchmark, the bench said. "If ever a case called for hanging, this was it." 

Justice Misra wrote the judgement for himself and Justice Bhushan, while Justice Banumathi wrote a separate but concurring verdict.

While reading out his judgement, Justice Misra said modern and progressive techniques have been used in investigation, prosecution shall be relied on, dying declaration of the victim proves the case is beyond doubt.

Justice Bhanumati said that there should be a systematic education of children of to ensure how they will give respect to women. She quoted Swami Vivekananda as to how should tradition enrich society with knowledge and understanding to ensure justice for women.

Nirbhaya's father expressed satisfaction with the SC order. Speaking to news agency ANI said, "It's a victory for my family, I am very happy with the judgement."

Six people, including a juvenile, had brutally assaulted the 23-year-old paramedic in a moving bus in South Delhi. After committing the crime, both were thrown out of the vehicle with her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012, triggering nation-wide protests that resulted in giving more teeth to laws related to rape and other forms of sexual harassment.

The four convicts - Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh - along with late Ram Singh and a juvenile had sexually assaulted Nirbhaya, which had shaken the entire nation's conscience.

The juvenile accused has been released after completing mandatory probation period in a remand home. Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide while in incarceration.

The SC had, on March 27, reserved its verdict on the appeal of the four convict, against the conviction and death penalty awarded to them by the high court on March 13, 2014.

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The police had told the bench that the horrific crime committed by these men warranted death penalty and the test of being a "rarest of rare" case was satisfied in this matter and the court should also consider the effect of crime committed by them on the victim and the society at large.

The high court, in its verdict, had observed that their offence fell in the rarest of the rare category and had upheld the death sentence awarded to them by the trial court.

(With agencies inputs)