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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case that shook India in December 2012.
The 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped by driver Ram Singh, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, Mukesh and a minor in a moving bus in south Delhi on the night of December 16. She and her 28-year-old colleague were then severely assaulted and thrown out of the moving bus. The girl died on Dec 29 in a Singapore hospital, outraging India and the world.
One of the convicts – driver Ram Singh – was found dead in his cell in March 2013. Barring the minor, the remaining four – Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, Mukesh – were given the death sentence by a fast-track court on September 13. The minor was convicted on August 31 last year and sent to a reformation home for three years by the juvenile justice board.
Confirming the death sentence for four, the Delhi High Court said on Wednesday, “Death sentence awarded by the trial court is affirmed. The appeals of the convicts are dismissed.’’
Justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani said the offence committed by the convicts fell in the category of “rarest of the rare” and they deserved no sympathy.
The mother of the victim welcomed the High Court verdict.“But the ultimate satisfaction will be when the convicts meet to their ultimate fate,” she said.