The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petitions filed by the 2012 Delhi gang rape convicts to review the death penalty awarded to them. The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31) did not filed a review petition against the order of the Supreme Court dated May 5 2017.
Mentioning that there are no grounds to reconsider the 2017-SC verdict, the Court also stated that reviews can be sought only when there are apparent errors resulting in miscarriage of justice and that the convicts cannot use the review petition to re-argue the case.
The convicts can now file a curative plea before the Supreme Court to get their death sentence commuted.
On December 16, 2012, 23-year-old Jyoti Singh, a paramedic student, was gangraped in a moving bus in New Delhi by six men including a juvenile. The victim succumbed to her injuries two weeks later at a hospital in Singapore. Of six assailants eventually arrested, the fifth man died in prison in 2013 and the sixth was a juvenile who served his three-year sentence in a youth offender facility. The verdict has been recieved unanimously with approval by the general public who feel Nirbhaya has recieved justice atlast.
Sept 13, 2013 remaining four accused were sentenced to death by Additional Sessions Court.
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In the years since, women's advocates say that the Nirbhaya case raised awareness, prompting more women to come forward if they're abused or assaulted, with authorities responding to the concerns with more closed-circuit security cameras and fast track courts for crimes against women. Trial court refers the case to Delhi High Court for confirmation of death sentence.
September 10: Court convicts Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan of 13 offences including gangrape, unnatural offence and murder of the woman and attempt to murder her male friend.
May 2017: The Supreme Court upholds the high court's decision to give them death sentences. He walks out of a correction home after spending three years. According to reports, Justice Ashok Bhushan has written judgement for himself, Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Bhanumati.
The Supreme Court in May past year upheld the Delhi High court order of death penalty to four convicts Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay.
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