Indian court upholds death sentences for 2012 Delhi gangrape

Indian court upholds death sentences for 2012 Delhi gangrape

In May a year ago, the apex court had upheld the decisions of the Delhi High Court and the trial court, sentencing Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and the fourth convict, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, to death for the brutal gang rape-murder of Jyoti in Delhi in 2012. A fourth man, Akshay Thakur, did not petition the court to review his death sentence.

"By not imposing a death sentence in such cases, the courts may do injustice to the society at large", Banumathi had said in the judgment.

Indian defence lawyer AP Singh representing men accused of gang-raping and murdering a woman in 2012 talks to the media outside India's supreme court building in New Delhi on July 9, 2018.

Singh was dumped on the streets 45 minutes later with horrific internal injuries, and died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital.

The victim's father said he was happy about justice done to his late daughter.

The case put the treatment of women in India in the global spotlight and led to heavier sentences for sex crimes.

The top court had upheld the death sentences in May 2017, following which the convicts had filed a review petition.

A fast track court had covicted four to death in less than year after the brutal gang-rape and murder of the paramedic student.

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

After Monday's unsuccessful appeal, the convicts can still file a curative petition - the last legal challenge - to thwart their hanging and also seek a pardon from the president.

In the main judgement, the apex court had observed that the accused had found the woman as "an object for enjoyment" and "ravish her as they liked, treat her as they felt" to get "gross sadistic and beastly instinctual pleasure", and such acts were "bound to shock the collective conscience". 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.

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.

The gang rape of an eight-year-old girl from a Muslim nomadic community in January has sparked more protests.

This included the attack of an eight-year-old girl from the northern Jammu region who died after being kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped by several men for days at a Hindu temple.

"The convicts must be immediately hanged to death", he said.

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