Nirbhaya Rapists to Hang as SC Upholds Verdict

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday, May 5, 2017, upheld Delhi High Court and trial court decision to award death penalty to all four convicts in the December 16, 2012 gang rape and murder case. The execution of Mukesh (27), Pawan Gupta (20), Vinay Sharma (21) and Akshay Thakur (29) is now almost certain, and the only recourse left to the convicts is a mercy petition to the President of India.

The top court was to give its ruling on the appeals filed by the four convicts, of the six who were implicated in the dreaded Delhi gang-rape and murder case that shook the “collective conscience of the nation”.

One of the convicts, Ram Singh, died in custody in March 2013, while the juvenile was treated as per Juvenile Justice Act and has served three years in a correction facility.

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