Delhi gang-rape: SC to deliver verdict on convicts' plea

Blanche Robertson
July 9, 2018

Over the next few days, his brother Mukesh Singh, gym instructor Vinay Sharma, fruit seller Pawan Gupta, a helper on the bus Akshay Thakur, and the 17-year-old juvenile, who can not be named, are arrested.

Mukesh, Pawan and Vinay had appealed for a review of the death sentence.

The victim's mother told media that the Supreme Court ruling was "justice for all". The top court was asked to reconsider its own ruling in a review plea; the convicts are left with one more legal option of challenging their sentence before they appeal to the President for mercy.

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On March 11, 2013, Ram Singh was found hanging in his cell at Tihar Jail. The incident had triggered a massive anger among the people that led to the government to adopt several laws for the safety of women. The youngest accused, just days short of 18 when he committed the crime, had been sent to a juvenile home. 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. She succumbed to injuries on 29 December 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

September 13: Fast track court awards death to all four convicts. The curative would be heard by the three seniormost judges of the apex court and the judges on the Bench. Mar 13, 2014 Delhi High Court upheld the trial court's verdict. 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. It was later upheld by the high court. He walked out of a correction home in December 2015 after spending three years there. According to reports, Justice Ashok Bhushan has written judgement for himself, Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Bhanumati. The Court had reserved its judgement in the matter on May 4 this year after hearing the arguments on behalf of the convicts. The five accused, Ram Singh, his brother, Mukesh, and their accomplices - Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur - are charge- sheeted under the IPC for murder, gang-rape, attempt to murder, kidnapping, unnatural offences, dacoity, hurting while committing robbery, destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and acting with a common intent.

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