The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the verdict of death sentence for the four convicts in the horrifying Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case. Also Read - 'Ensure Complete Compliance', Supreme Court Grants One More Month to Govt For Giving Permanent Commission To Women Officers in Army
The top court rejected the review petitions filed by three of the four convicts seeking relaxation from the death sentence. The convicts are now left with the option of filing a curative plea in the SC and a mercy plea before the President. Also Read - SC Draws up Yogi Govt on Over 50 Girls Found COVID +ve in Kanpur Shelter Home, Asks to Report by July 10
Reacting to the top court’s verdict, Asha Devi, mother of the 2012 Delhi gangrape victim, said that justice is getting delayed, adding that the convicts should be hanged as soon as possible. Also Read - SC Junks Plea on 'Favouritism' by Registry, Imposes Rs 100 as Cost
“They were not juveniles. It is unfortunate that they committed such crime. This decision reaffirms our trust in the court that we will definitely get justice,” said Asha Devi.
“Our struggle does not end here. Justice is getting delayed. It’s affecting other daughters of the society. I request judiciary to tighten their judicial system, serve justice to Nirbhaya by hanging them as soon as possible and help other girls and women,” she added.
Asha Devi calling “juveniles” to the culprits was in reference to the defence counsel AP Singh terming the convicts as “children” during the hearing. “Justice should be served to everyone. Injustice has been done to the children (convicts). This decision has come due to political, public and media pressure,” said Singh.
The top court’s ruling brought the six-year ordeal of the victim’s parents to and end who now want to see further action at the earliest.
“We knew that review petition will be dismissed. But what next? So much time has gone by and threat to women have gone up in this span. I believe sooner they’re hanged, better it is,” said Badrinath Singh, Nirbhaya’s father.
Terming the verdict as “victory”, Rohan Mahajan, lawyer of the victim’s family, said, “It is a victorious moment. Faith in the judiciary has been reinstated. We are satisfied today. The only request to the Central govt is to expedite whatever process is to follow now”.
Nirbhaya was gangraped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012, inside a running bus in Delhi by six persons and brutally assaulted even in her private parts by six persons before being thrown out on the road. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the review pleas filed by Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23), saying no grounds have been made out by them for review of the verdict.
The fourth death row convict — Akshay Kumar Singh (31) — had not filed a review petition against the apex court’s May 5, 2017 verdict.
One of the accused in the case, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail here.
A juvenile, who was among the accused, was convicted by a juvenile justice board. He was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.