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India’s Supreme Court reaffirms death penalty for ‘diabolical’ assailants in 2012 fatal gang rape India's Supreme Court upholds death sentence in Delhi rape case
Deanna Wagner | 09 July, 2018, 16:50

Violent crime against women has been on the rise in India despite tough laws that were enacted in 2013 following the fatal gang rape.

The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed the death penalty granted to the convicts in the gang rape and murder of a paramedical student on 16 December 2012, in New Delhi.

Delhi Police, however, opposed the review plea and told the court that submissions advanced by the counsel appearing for Mukesh do not make out a case for review of the apex court's judgment.

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 on July 9, 2018.

The woman was gangraped on the intervening night of 16-17 December 2012 inside a running bus in South Delhi by six persons and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. The curative would be heard by the three seniormost judges of the apex court and the judges on the Bench. The victim succumbed to her injuries two weeks later at a hospital in Singapore. He was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term. Later, two out of four convicts filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the death penalty awarded to them. The sixth member was tried as a minor and sentenced to time in a correctional facility, while the four adults were sentenced to death in 2013, a ruling confirmed in 2014 by the Delhi high court.

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This incident sparked massive outrage among the public who held protest marchs and candle-light vigils across the country demanding justice for Jyoti Singh.

The court said Monday that the convicts failed to point out "error apparent on the face of record" in the verdict, according to the news agency.

But many were spared the noose by higher courts on appeals, including 35 who were acquitted outright. He walked out of a correction home in December 2015 after spending three years there.

January 6, 2017: Supreme Court seeks mitigating circumstances from the accused. The Court had reserved its judgement in the matter on May 4 this year after hearing the arguments on behalf of the convicts.

May 5: SC upholds death penalty of four accused - Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh.