Indian court upholds death for 3 convicts for 2012 Delhi gang rape

India’s Supreme Court reaffirms death penalty for ‘diabolical’ assailants in 2012 fatal gang rape

The convicts can now file a curative plea before the Supreme Court to get their death sentence commuted.

The Delhi rape case pertains to the gang rape of a paramedical student on 16 December 2012, which triggered nationwide protests. Not only this, a Madhya Pradesh court has recently awarded death sentence in a case of rape of a minor girl.

The review petition was filed by Mukesh Kumar, 29, Pawan Gupta, 22, and Vinay Sharma, 23.

The parents of the Delhi gang-rape victim on Monday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to dismiss the review petition filed by three of the four convicts and said their fight for justice would continue till the rapists are hanged.

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

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The brutal attack - along with Ms Singh's determination to survive long enough to identify her attackers - sparked angry demonstrations by thousands of people in Delhi and across the world. The highest court of India has rejected their plea and has upheld the hang to death verdict.

BJP spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said the verdict will complement the Centre's efforts to ensure stringent punishment for crimes against women. The court said that the order was a considered one and there was no ground to re-consider the verdict. It also rejected the claim of one of the convicts, Vinay, that he was juvenile at the time of the incident.The convicts had challenged the validity of the dying declaration and claimed that there were discrepancies in her statement.

Rights activists, opposed to death penalty, said execution will not eradicate violence against women.

The apex court had, in its May 2017 verdict, upheld the capital punishment awarded to the convicts by the Delhi High Court and the trial court in the gangrape and murder case of the 23-year-old paramedic student.

She said it had been a hard battle - but nothing compared to the 14 days she spent by her daughter's side as she fought and lost the battle for her life, reports the BBC's Divya Arya, who was at court. A fourth man, Akshay Thakur, did not petition the court to review his death sentence. After nearly two weeks, the victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital where she was flown in a last ditch bid to save her life. "Speedy justice should be also meted out to other young girls and women, who have been victims of similar crimes". A fifth, who was a juvenile when he committed the crime, has been released after a mandatory three-year term.

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