In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of India has upheld the death sentence awarded to all four convicts of Nirbhaya case after reviewing the plea of three convicts and dismissing it.
Six years earlier, on the fateful night of December 16-17, 2012 – a 25-year-old medical intern was gang-raped, severely abused and trashed on road of India’s capital city – Delhi, only to succumb to the brutal incident few days later in a hospital in Singapore. Known as the Nirbhaya case, it led to millions of people across India to protest for justice to Nirbhaya. Time passed by and six years later, the Supreme Court has given its ordeal on the Delhi gang-rape case, standing by granting justice to Nirbhaya, yet being bound by the law to order immediate death penalty.
Three of the four convicts of the Nirbhaya case – Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23) had filed a plea of relief from death sentence. In a landmark decision today, a Supreme Court bench of three judges – CJI Dipak Misra and justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the plea and upheld the death sentence of all four convicts of the Nirbhaya case. The Supreme Court’s ruling today, ended the six-year old ordeal of the Delhi gang rape case that the victim’s parents had been fighting for her justice.
All four convicts are charged with death sentence for rape and murder of Nirbhaya, who was gang-raped inside a running bus in South Delhi in 2012 by six people and later succumbed to the severe assault within few days in a hospital in Singapore. Although the apex court has ruled out the plea for mercy, the convicts are still left with option of filing a curative plea in the Supreme Court and a mercy plea to the President to prevent death sentence. The curative plea plea will be heard by a panel of three judges of the Supreme Court – if filed. Perhaps, six years passed but Nirbhaya is still awaits for justice to be granted in form of a final death sentence to all those involved in the case – henceforth, affirming justice in the country.