The Supreme Court today upheld death penalty slapped on the four convicts – Akshay (31), Pawan (22), Vinay (23) and Mukesh (29) in the December 16 Nirbhaya gang rape case. The convicts had challenged the Delhi High Court order which had sentenced them to the gallows. Earlier, the trial court also had sentenced all the four convicts to the death penalty. In December 2012, six people gang raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in a moving bus. The woman succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012. One of the accused, Ram Singh hanged himself in prison, while another person, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted and served the maximum sentence of three years in a correctional home.
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05: 06 PM: Need to have different courts for such cases so that victims get justice sooner: Nirbhaya’s mother
05: 05 PM: What happened with Nirbhaya happens everyday: Nirbhaya’s mother
04:50 PM: Now that the verdict is in can we stop saying #Nirbhaya & say her name #Jyoti. Her mother has called for it. Stigma is of rapists, not women: Barkha Dutt
Justice always prevails. Rest in Peace, brave soul. #Nirbhaya
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) May 5, 2017
04:29 PM: Supreme Court verdict in Nirbhaya gangrape case is victory of rule of law: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
04:05 PM: Many ups & downs came, I made them my strength. I was confident that justice will be done: Asha Devi, Nirbhaya’s mother
3:40 pm: Watch this video
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3:38 pm: Justice Banumathi J hopes Nirbhaya case is an eye-opener for society to have a mass movement to end violence against women and for her dignity.
3:20 pm: Watch this video
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3:15 pm: We are very happy that Supreme Court heard our plea, want them to be hanged soon, says Nirbhaya’s father Badri Prasad.
3:08 pm: Delhi Police’s investigation stands vindicated, it’s an important verdict: Deependra Pathak, Spokesperson of Delhi Police.
3:06 pm: Selective nature of the judicial process of our country is why I am against death penalty. What happened in Bilkis Bano case?, Brinda Karat.
3:04 pm: In principle, I am against death penalty, but this was such a heinous crime that strictest punishment was needed: Brinda Karat of CPIM.
3:02 pm: Watch this video
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3:00 pm: The Supreme Court’s verdict is not only Nirbhaya and her family’s win but for all. The judgement is welcome, says Swati Maliwal, DCW Chief, as per CNN News report.
2:58 pm: Justice Usha Mehra revealed the three options open to convicts, as per CNN News report. Here they are:
1. The can file review petition challenging the judgement
2. If no reprieve they can file for curative petition
3. They can file for presidential mercy petition
2:52 pm: Watch this video- Nirbhaya convicts’ lawyer AP Singh says he is planning to appeal for review petition and claims death penalty is “not Gandhian”
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2:47 pm: It’s a victory for my family, I am very happy with the judgement: Nirbhaya’s father to ANI
2:46 pm: Justice not done, we will file review petition after reading the order: AP Singh, Lawyer of convicts. (Samaaj mein message dene ke liye kisi ko phansi nahi de sakte, human rights ki dhajiyaan udd gayi)
2:45 pm: Watch this video
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2:42 pm: Maneka Gandhi says, “Happy that SC has reconfirmed the death sentence of the rapists. India has zero tolerance for rape, mindset changing.”
2:40 pm: Scientific evidence like DNA profiling of victim & accused proves to the hilt about their presence at the crime spot.
2:39 pm: A 3-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra wrote two separate but concurring judgements in the case.
2:38 pm: Maneka Gandhi says I welcome the judgment, hope this verdict acts as a deterrent in future.
2:37 pm: A fresh date will be given for the execution of death penalty.
2:36 pm: It was a great decision. A landmark verdict, says Kiran Bedi.
2:34 pm: Nibhaya’s mother reacts, says, “justice has finally been done.”, as per TV reports
2:33 pm: Nirbhaya gangrape case convicts: Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh.
2:30 pm: Watch this video
2:29 pm: SC said ‘taking the serious injuries, the severe nature of offence committeed by the convicts, we are upholding the sentence’.
2:28 pm: Supreme Court called it a barbaric act and the verdict was greeted with applause in the court room following pronouncement
2:27 pm: Aggravating circumstances outweigh mitigating circumstances in the case; offence created “tsunami of shock”: SC.
2:26 pm: SC confirms findings of the trial court and Delhi High Court against the four convicts in the case.
2:25 pm: Justice Dipak Misra and Ashok Bhushan were in favour of hanging the culprits while R Banumathi’s decision was different as reported by CNN News 18
2:23 pm: Four convicts Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh to be hanged to death.
2:22 pm: SC says all four deserved death penalty.
2:20 pm: Supreme court upholds the death penalty for the four convicts
2:15 pm: Modern methods used in the investigation said Justice Deepak Mishra, reports CNN News 18.
2:14 pm: CCTV footage in Nirbhaya case correct says Justice Mishra.
2:13 pm: Two separate judgements are being read by Justice Dipak Misra.
2:11 pm: Nirbhaya’s mother told India Today, “We have been living here for 20 years now. May 10 is Nirbhaya’s birthday. If she would have been alive today, it would have been her 28th birthday.”
2:09 pm: Watch- Nirbhaya’s parents speak to media
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2:07 pm: Supreme Court shows the direction to the country. The verdict should be exemplary, Nirbhaya’s father to India Today
2:05 pm: Victims should get quick justice, says the victim’s mother, as per the report.
2:01 pm: Nirbhaya’s mother says she is not happy over the trial, according to India Today report.
2:00 pm: The Supreme Court had on March 27 reserved its verdict on the appeals of four convicts — Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh — against the conviction and death penalty awarded to them by the high court on March 13, 2014.
1:55 pm: Nirbhaya’s parents Badri Nath Singh and Asha Devi have demanded death sentence for the convicts.
1:50 pm: Watch this video
1:40 pm: The bench had then mulled ways to rectify the apparent error and said there are two modes — either the case be remanded back to the trial court to pass a fresh order on the sentence or the apex court itself hears this aspect of the matter afresh.
1:20 pm: The trial court had awarded death penalty to the four convicts. Prime accused Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in his cell in Tihar jail in March 2013 and proceedings against him were abated.
1:10 pm: The high court, in its verdict, had observed that their offence fell in the rarest of the rare category and had upheld the death sentence awarded to them by the trial court.
12:50 pm: It was submitted that section 235 of the CrPC provides that an accused, in the event of conviction, would be heard by on the question of sentencing individually before the trial judge passes the order awarding punishment, the PTI report says.
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12:30 pm: It was submitted that section 235 of the CrPC provides that an accused, in the event of conviction, would be heard by on the question of sentencing individually before the trial judge passes the order awarding punishment.
12:20 pm: On February 3, the apex court bench had prima facie agreed with the contention of Ramachandran that the provision of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), relating to sentencing of convicts, has not been followed in letter and spirit by the trial court.
12:15 pm: Watch this video
12:09 pm: During the hearing, advocates A P Singh and M L Sharma, representing the four convicts, had said they should be given a chance to reform and considering the mitigating factors, the court should not award them death penalty.
12:05 pm: They also raised questions about the evidence collected by the police in the matter.
11:57 am: Watch this video
11:50 am: The convicts have approached the Supreme Court against the high court’s order which had confirmed the death penalty awarded to them by the trial court.
11:40 am: Senior counsel Raju Ramachandran, also an amicus curiae, had said that option of awarding jail term for the whole life to these convicts may also be considered.
11:35 am: Watch this video
11:30 am: The police had told the bench that the horrific crime committed by these men warranted death penalty and the test of being a “rarest of rare” case was satisfied in this matter and the court should also consider the effect of crime committed by them on the victim and the society at large, according to PTI report.
11:25 am: While Delhi Police had sought capital punishment for the convicts, the defence counsel had said they deserved leniency considering their poor family background and young age.
11:20 am: Besides dealing with the challenge to the conviction, the apex court was also deliberating on the issue of quantum of sentence to the convicts as it has been alleged that the trial court did not separately consider “mitigating” circumstances of each convict while sending them to the gallows.
11:15 am: The apex court had on March 27 reserved its verdict on the appeals of four convicts — Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh — against the conviction and death penalty awarded to them by the High Court on March 13, 2014.
11:12 am: Nirbhaya gangrape case invited a nationwide outrage.
11:10 am: Delhi came under the radar for being highly unsafe for women and also got the tag of ‘rape capital’.
11:07 am: Watch this video
11:00 am: The victim was a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern.
10:55 am: He has upheld rape as depravity and not curable and recently, passed a woman-friendly judgement saying that “no woman can be compelled to love; she always has right to say no”.
10:50 am: It is being expected that the apex court would not grant relief to the accused as Justice Dipak Misra doesn’t hesitate to give a death sentence and is exceedingly sensitive to women’s rights and liberties, according to ANI report.
10:40 am: Notably, The matter is being heard by the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.
10:37 am: The verdict may be delivered at around 2 p.m.