New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday confirmed death penalty for all four convicts in Nirbhaya gang-rape case. The apex court termed the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang-rape case a ‘barbaric incident’.
The order was pronounced by the SC bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, Justice R Banumathi and Justice Ashok Bhushan.
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’.
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 systematic education of children of to ensure how they will give respect to women.
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.
The top court will also look into the issue of quantum of sentence to the convicts as it has been alleged that the trial court did not separately consider “mitigating” circumstances of each convict while sending them to the gallows.
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.