Nirbhaya rape case: Amnesty says executions don't eradicate crime against women

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The top court had upheld the death sentences in May 2017, following which the convicts had filed a review petition.

India is one of the countries that still permits capital punishment, typically hanging those sentenced to death. The Delhi High Court upheld that verdict in 2014. Three out of the four convicts had filed review petitions with the SC against the death sentence.

Earlier on May 4, 2018 the apex court had reserved its order on the plea of convicts seeking a review of its 2017 verdict upholding the death penalty awarded to them in the Nirbhaya gangrape case. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Ashok Bhushan will deliver the verdict at 2 PM, on the review petitions of the convicts.

"I want that as soon as possible they are hanged to death", Devi said in an interview with The Post. "The stringent measures taken by our government are working and will act as a strong deterrent for the perpetrators of such heinous crimes", she said. The court said that the order was a considered one and there was no ground to re-consider the verdict.

"It took a lot of time, but finally our daughter got justice".

Interestingly, the committee was opposed to the death penalty as a punishment - even in the rarest of the rare cases. "Now this judgment will serve as a message to our society", she said.

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The victim's parents on Monday welcomed the ruling, with her mother Asha Singh saying it was "very happy news".

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

The four convicts-gym instructor Vinay Sharma (23), bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Thakur (31), fruit-seller Pawan Gupta (22) and unemployed Mukesh Singh (29)-had then appealed to the Supreme Court.

The men were convicted of the gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey, 23, a medical student who was attacked as she travelled home on a bus in 2012. The incident occurred in Delhi on December 16, 2012. "Speedy justice should be also meted out to other young girls and women, who have been victims of similar crimes".

Following the 2012 case, India launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law in April this year that included the death penalty for rape of girls below 12. Among the guilty the under 18 man was sent to juvenile prison and released after three years while Ram Singh killed himself in prison.

Ms Singh was dumped on the streets 45 minutes later and died from her internal injuries 13 days after the attack in a Singapore hospital.