Supreme Court to pronounce judgement in Nirbhaya Review Petition on July 9

India’s Supreme Court reaffirms death penalty for ‘diabolical’ assailants in 2012 fatal gang rape

The apex court, which dismissed the review pleas filed by three of the four death row convicts of the sensational December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, said the courts can not be held for committing any illegality in awarding capital punishment in "appropriate cases" till death penalty remains in the penal code.

The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), has not filed a review petition against the apex court's May 5, 2017 judgement. "That is when a true example will be set, because there are so many cases in which the death sentence is given on paper but years go by after that", she said. After nearly two weeks, the victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital where she was flown in a last ditch bid to save her life. Of six accused arrested, one died in jail and another convicted juvenile was released after serving a three-year term as per the Juvenile Justice Act. "However, I am happy that my daughter has finally got justice", Singh told reporters.

The four men have maintained their innocence but only three appealed to have their death sentences lifted.

The case also put the treatment of women in the world's largest democracy in the global spotlight and led to a stiffening of sentences for sex crimes.

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

She succumbed to injuries in September 2013. If that fails, their last legal option is to file a mercy plea before the President.

Tenth boy walks from Thai cave as rescue mission nears end
Another and perhaps more worrying concern was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to risky levels. They eventually found a dry landing spot, where they waited for nine days before being found by two British divers.

Singh, lawyer of two convicts, Pawan and Vinay told ANI he is hopeful that his clients would get justice.

The crime shocked the nation's conscience, they said.

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.

According to India's official records on crime, 38,947 women were raped in 2016, which included over 2,000 girls below 12 years age. She died on December 29, 2012. The sixth member was tried as a minor and sentenced to time in a correctional facility, while the four adults were sentenced to death in 2013, a ruling confirmed in 2014 by the Delhi high court. The remaining four accused were sentenced to death by Additional Sessions Judge.

Out of the 371 death row convicts in 2017, 43 were awarded the ultimate punishment for crimes involving fatal sexual assaults.

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