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December 16 gangrape victim’s village celebrates SC order death penalty for convicts

December 16 gangrape victim’s village celebrates SC order death penalty for convicts

Their daughter - a physical therapy student who became known as "Nirbhaya" which means "fearless" - had gone to see the "Life of Pi" with a male friend at a popular New Delhi mall cineplex on the night of December 16, 2012 when they boarded a private bus to make their way home to a neighborhood on the outskirts of India's capital city.

Men convicted of the 2012 Delhi bus attack (from left) Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh have had their death sentences upheld.

The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its verdict upholding the death sentence to four convicts who gangraped and murdered Nirbhaya.

The Supreme Court in May a year ago upheld the Delhi High court order of death penalty to four convicts Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay.

A panel entrusted with reviewing legislation boosted the jail terms to 20 years for rape despite rejecting public appeals for the death penalty.

The apex court during the hearing of the case on Monday said that the death row convicts failed to point out "error apparent on the face of record" in the judgement. Their sentence was upheld by the Delhi high court in 2014.

Earlier this year the victim's mother Asha Devi told the media, "It has been six years since the incident and similar incidents are taking place every day". A minor convict was released in December 2015 after serving three years in a detention home for juveniles, while one convict died in prison. The only other legal option for the four is through a mercy petition to the President of India.

One of the accused, Ram Singh, committed suicide during the trial.

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"I want that as soon as possible they are hanged to death", Devi said in an interview with The Post.

The Indian chapter of the Amnesty International said procedural and institutional reforms are needed to curb the crimes against women.

Over the next few days, his brother Mukesh Singh, gym instructor Vinay Sharma, fruit seller Pawan Gupta, a helper on the bus Akshay Thakur, and the 17-year-old juvenile, who can not be named, are arrested.

Ms Singh was dumped on the streets 45 minutes later and died from her internal injuries 13 days after the attack in a Singapore hospital.

But the number of reporter rapes continue to rise - from about 25,000 in 2012 to 38,000 in 2016, according to government crime data.

This led to the introduction of the death sentence for raping girls younger than 12.

More than 370 convicts were on death row as on December 2017, the last official count, down from 399 the previous year.


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