New Delhi: Challenging their capital punishment, the four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case may file a curative petition in Delhi’s Patiala House Court. If reports are to be believed, the convicts’ counsel also informed the court about the same. A curative petition is the final judicial resort which can be pleaded for a review in any judgement or decision passed by the Supreme Court.
Tihar jail authorities also communicated the same to the court, reported news agency ANI. The authorities will file a status report in the case on the next date of scheduled hearing, April 6.
Following the development, Asha Devi, mother of Delhi gangrape victim expressed remorse and said, “Nothing is going to change, thousands of laws have been made and will be made but Court functions at its own pace.”
She asked,”Want to ask government and Court, a girl didn’t get justice in 7 years, who’ll answer for all the women and girls who have been raped?”
Twenty-three-year-old Nirbhaya was gang-raped by five men and a juvenile in a moving bus in national capital on December 16, 2012. She passed away 13 days later. The incident had sparked a massive outrage across the country. The five convicts were awarded death penalty by the Delhi High Court in March 2014.
On July 9, 2018, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra upheld the death sentence awarded to four of the accused in May 2017 after three of them, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, and Pawan Gupta filed a petition in the court to review the judgement.
Akshay Singh, the fourth convict, did not file a review petition against his death sentence while the leader and the fifth member of the gang, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in jail nearly three months after the crime. The juvenile was convicted by the Juvenile Justice Board and was let off in December 2015 after serving three years in a reformation home.