Delhi gangrape: Supreme Court upholds death penalty of three convicts

Delhi gangrape: Supreme Court upholds death penalty of three convicts

All convicts maintain their innocence, but only three of them were involved in the appeal rejected by India's Supreme Court on Monday.

The convicts still have two different processes available for seeking a review of their verdict.

A lawyer for the men, A.P. Singh, told reporters at the courthouse after the verdict that "injustice" had been done to the convicted murderers - using the Hindi word for "boys" to describe them - and the court had caved to public and political pressure to uphold the death penalty.

A three-judge bench of Justices Dipak Misra, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan in a unanimous verdict held Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Mukesh and Pawan Gupta guilty and awarded the death sentence to them saying that the brutal, barbaric and diabolic nature of the crime shook the conscience of humanity and they deserved the extreme punishment.

"There is absolutely no link between death sentence and deterrence of crime". "I request judiciary to tighten their judicial system, serve justice to Nirbhaya by hanging them as soon as possible and help others", she said today.

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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". "There's no word to describe what I'm going through". First lose your child and then go through all this.

The fourth did not appeal, but his lawyer said they would soon file one, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. 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 23-year-old physiotherapy student was attacked on a bus as she and a male friend returned from watching a film in December 2012.

The case led to the introduction of the death sentence for raping girls under 12. The victim succumbed to her injuries two weeks later at a hospital in Singapore. A review of these courts by The Washington Post in 2016 found that they varied in effectiveness, however.

According to National Crime Records Bureau data for 2016, incidents of rape of children in India increased by over 82 percent compared with 2015, when almost 35,000 rape cases were reported to the police.

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