Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

India Delhi bus gang rapists lose death row plea

India Delhi bus gang rapists lose death row plea

Justice Ashok Bhushan delivered the judgement for the Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Bhushan.

December 19, 2012: The gang rape and near-fatal beating of the 23-year-old student triggers outrage and anger across the country as people demand stringent and swift punishment against those attacking women, including a proposal to make rapists eligible for the death penalty.Meanwhile, the Delhi police detain fifth person, Akshay Thakur, in Bihar in connection with the rape and assault.

The accused had then appealed to the court to review their sentences, saying it was "cold-blooded killing in the name of Justice".

She died of her injuries in hospital. Their appeals were dismissed by the Delhi High Court, which eventually led to the appeal in Supreme Court.

"It is absolutely obvious that the accused persons had found an object for enjoyment in her and, as is evident, they were obsessed with the singular goal sans any feeling to ravish her as they liked, treat her as they felt and, if we allow ourselves to say, the gross sadistic and beastly instinctual pleasures came to the forefront when they, after ravishing her, thought it to be just a matter of routine to throw her along with her friend out of the bus and crush them", CJI Misra noted.

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One of the accused in the case, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail here.

Violent crime against women has been on the rise in India despite tough laws that were enacted in 2013 following the fatal gang rape. Challenging the Supreme Court's verdict, Mukesh had a year ago filed a review petition alleging that the court had not properly examined crucial evidence in the case. The fourth death-row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), did not file a review petition.

Four men were convicted in September 2013 for murder, gang rape, theft, conspiracy and "unnatural acts" after a seven-month trial in a fast-track court. The court agreed to hear their request in November previous year. The sixth, a minor, was sent to a correction home and has been released after serving his probation period. The Court had reserved its judgement in the matter on May 4 this year after hearing the arguments on behalf of the convicts.

The Apex Court had on May 5, last year, upheld the Delhi High court order of death penalty to them.

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