Delhi gangrape: Supreme Court upholds death penalty of three convicts

Elias Hubbard
July 9, 2018

India's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence in the 2012 New Delhi bus gang-rape case, a crime that sparked widespread protests leading to stronger anti-rape laws. They are admitted to Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital the same night. Doctors say the woman has suffered grave internal injuries. Street protests rock Delhi. The woman's friend identifies Mukesh as one of the culprits. Police conduct raids in Haryana and Bihar to nab sixth accused, Akshay Thakur.

December 29: The woman dies in Singapore due to organ failure.

Four of the attackers were sentenced to death in 2013 while the fifth hanged himself in prison during the original seven-month trial. The youngest accused, just days short of 18 when he committed the crime, was sent to juvenile home.

The six gang raped and tortured the woman with an iron bar as the bus drove loops through the Indian capital. It defers to July 25 its verdict in the gang-rape case.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer, Vrinda Grover, said that she was "not at all convinced that it [the verdict] will be a deterrent this time around".

August 19: JJB again defers verdict to August 31.

Manohar Lal Sharma, the lawyer appearing for one of the convicts, Mukesh, said that his client is innocent in the case, and was falsely implicated. The minor was tried in juvenile court and remanded to shelter home for three years before he was released in December 2015.

Following the perpetrators' arrest, a fast-track court was set up in January 2013 to try the case.

Former Congress MP and renowned industrialist, Naveen Jindal, said, "Welcome the SC decision dismissing the review petition and upholding death sentence of the rapists". The court agreed to hear their request in November, 2017. The top court will announce its verdict on the review plea filed by the convicts at 2 pm.

But many were spared the noose by higher courts on appeals, including 35 who were acquitted outright. The fourth death-row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), did not file a review petition.

April 3, 2016: Supreme Court begins hearing in the case.

March 27: Supreme Court reserves verdict after almost a year of hearing the case.

The Supreme Court in May a year ago upheld the Delhi High court order of death penalty to four convicts Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay.

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