The Supreme Court today decided to uphold the death sentence awarded by a Delhi fast-track court in 2013 to four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape reported India Today. The accused were awarded death sentence in September 2013; the sentence was upheld by the Delhi High Court as well in 2014.
The matter was heard by the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.
On 16 December 2012, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Ram Singh and a juvenile gang-raped and murdered a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in the national capital. The victim died in a Singapore hospital on 29 December 2012.
Earlier today, the parents of the victim said they are sure that the apex court will award death sentence to the guilty.
Justice Dipak Misra observed in its order that it's a story of 'some different world'. He is known to be non-hesitate when it comes to awarding death sentences and is exceedingly sensitive to women's rights and liberties.
"Taking the serious injuries, the severe nature of offence committed by th3e convicts, we are upholding the sentence," the order said.
The next option for the convicts is to appeal against their death sentence to President Pranab Mukherjee.
With inputs from ANI
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