Nirbhaya gangrape case 2012: On Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence on against the four convicts in the December 16 Nirbhaya gangrape case which was awarded to them by the trial court and was upheld by the Delhi High Court. The decision was taken by a bench of Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice Dipak Misra, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan. On March 13, 2014, the Delhi High Court had upheld the decision on Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Singh after which they challenged it in the Supreme Court.
Here is a timeline of the Nirbahya case:
– On December 16, 2012, the victim along with her male companion were returning after watching the film ‘Life of Pi’ in Saket at round 9:30 AM. They were waiting for an auto rickshaw when an off-duty charter bus offered them a ride to Dwarka from Munirka.
Here’s what victim’s parents said ahead of the verdict:
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– The victim and her friend took the bus but soon realised that the driver has taken a different route and the doors of the bus had been shut. When the victim’s friend pointed it out, the bus occupants raised fingers at the boy and the girl saying why were they out at night so late.
– The argument turned into an act of inhumanity as the girl was gang raped and gruesomely tortured and the two victims were then thrown out of the bus in half clothed and bloodied state. The girl was taken to Singapore for treatment where she took her last breath on 29th December.
– It led to massive public outrage and protests across the country. Many eminent personalities like Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and former Army chief General Vijay Kumar Singh also joined in the protests.
– A committee was formed by the government six days after the incident and was headed by Chief Justice of India JS Verma. The committee submitted a report in 29 days after it received 80,000 suggestions for amendments to rape laws.
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– The Delhi police filed charges against five adult men for rape, murder, and kidnapping while the juvenile in the case was tried by the Juvenile Justice Board. He was found guilty and served three years in a remand home. Ram Singh, one of the accused in the case died in prison during the trial while four others were found guilty by a trial court on September 10, 2013.
– They contested the judgment in the High Court and were given the death sentence. After which they appealed to the Supreme Court and were given capital punishment by it.