Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

India's Supreme Court upholds death sentence in Delhi rape case

India's Supreme Court upholds death sentence in Delhi rape case

The coutry's top court upheld its own judgement on the death sentence given against four men who had fatally gang raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, called as Nirbhaya, on a moving bus in Delhi.

Today (July 09), a bench made up of the chief justice of India, Dipak Misra, and justices Ashok Bhushan and R Banumathi dismissed the review petitions filed by three of the accused following the court's May 05, 2017, decision that first confirmed the death penalty.

However, Advocate A P Singh, representing Akshay said: "Akshay has not filed a review petition yet".

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The Supreme Court past year upheld the Delhi High Court's death penalty order for the four convicts.

"The submission of (A P) Singh that death penalty has been abolished by the Parliament of United Kingdom in the year 1966 and several Latin American countries, and Australian states have also abolished death penalty, is no ground to efface death penalty from the statute book of our country", Justice Bhushan, writing the judgement for the bench, said while rejecting the review pleas filed by Vinay and Pawan.

"The review petition of all the three convicts has been rejected", A. P. Singh, a lawyer for the defendants, told reporters.

The case, which scarred the nation, had headlined across the world, triggering big changes to laws on sexual crimes against women. If this petition is also rejected, a mercy plea would be their last option.

AP Singh, the lawyer for the convicts told ANI, "The sentence was upheld due to public and political pressure". It is unfortunate that they committed such crime.

In 2016, there were around 40,000 rapes reported in India - up 60 percent from 2012, according to government data, and more cases go unreported, activists say.

Just four convicts have been executed in the last 25 years, including Dhananjoy Chatterjee for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.

She died of her injuries in hospital.

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

India is one of the countries that still permits capital punishment, typically hanging those sentenced to death.

On September 13, a fast-track court sentenced Mukesh, Akshay, Vinay and Pawan to death.

"What has happened between the confirmation of death sentence and now - there is no diminution of sexual violence against women", Grower said.

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