The Supreme Court upheld the death sentence awarded to the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the pleas of three convicts Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23). These prisoners are left with the option of filing a curative plea in the Supreme Court and a mercy plea before the President of India.
Nirbhaya who was going home along with her friend in a private bus was gang-raped in a running bus on December 16,17 in a moving bus in South Delhi by six persons. Her friend was badly beaten and she was thrown out of the bus after being raped and assaulted severely. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore.
In 2017, the SC had upheld the capital punishment awarded to them by the Delhi High Court and the trial court.
Ram Singh, one of the accused in the rape case, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail.
While another accused, the juvenile, was convicted by a juvenile justice board but was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.
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