Nirbhaya case: Rapists to hang as SC dismisses review pleas

Indian defence lawyer AP Singh representing men accused of gang raping and murdering a woman in 2012 talks to the media outside India's Supreme Court building in New Delhi

Indian defence lawyer AP Singh representing men accused of gang raping and murdering a woman in 2012 talks to the media outside India's Supreme Court building in New Delhi

While one accused, Ram Singh, killed himself in jail on 11 March 2013, the remaining four were awarded death penalty by a Delhi court on 10 September, 2013.

The convicts can now file a curative plea before the Supreme Court to get their death sentence commuted.

She said it had been a hard battle - but nothing compared to the 14 days she spent by her daughter's side as she fought and lost the battle for her life, reports the BBC's Divya Arya, who was at court.

The apex court also said that these three convicts were heard elaborately during the stage of their appeal against the Delhi High Court's judgement and no case has been made out by them for review of the apex court's verdict upholding the death penalty, quoted the news agency.

The convicts can file one more petition challenging their sentence and if that's turned down too, can ask the President for mercy. "I request judiciary to tighten their judicial system, serve justice to Nirbhaya by hanging them (culprits) as soon as possible and help other girls and women". "I welcome this decision as it proves justice can be delayed but not denied".

According to the prosecution, the 23-year-old paramedical student was assaulted and raped by six people in a moving bus in south Delhi and thrown out of it with her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012. However, she later succumbed to her injuries, causing the protests to intensify, with thousands of Indians taking to the streets to call for justice. After nearly two weeks, the victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital where she was flown in a last ditch bid to save her life.

The juvenile was convicted by the Juvenile Justice Board in 2013 and sent to a Special home for three years. The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, had not filed a review petition.

In the December 2012 attack, prosecutors said the four took their victim to the back of a private bus in New Delhi, raping her and then damaging her internal organs with an iron rod.

The case put the treatment of women in India in the global spotlight and led to heavier sentences for sex crimes.

The case, which scarred the nation, had headlined across the world, triggering big changes to laws on sexual crimes against women.

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