Nirbhaya Case: Supreme Court Decides To Hang All Four Killers


The gruesome rape of 23-year old Nirbahaya in a moving bus on December 16, 2012, in Delhi was a heinous and shameful crime that resulted in public outrage across India. This incident shook the entire nation and created a movement so large that its voice echoed all round the globe.

On May 5, 2017, the Supreme Court of India announced its verdict in the matter.

Read on to know what did the apex court say.

The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for all the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. The four convicts are Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh.

The four convicts had challenged the decision of a trial court in 2013, which said that all should be hanged. This sentence was later confirmed by the High Court. In March 2013, Ram Singh, one of the accused committed suicide in Tihar jail while another accused who was below 18 when he committed the crime, was set free after he served his term as a juvenile.

The Supreme Court judgement said, “It was a devastating hour of darkness for the 23-year-old paramedic student. The victim’s parts were ruptured to give vent to the sexual desires. Lying naked they shouted for help. As good fortune have it, a night patrolling vehicle arrived.”

Evidence of victim’s friend is unimpeachable and relied upon. Can’t disregard the CCTV footage establishing the movement of the bus. Custodial confession do not remotely create a dent in the police investigation. Relationship between the six established.”

“It’s a tsunami of shock in the minds.. it destroyed humanity. Death for all four. Compelled to arrive that aggravating circumstances outweigh the mitigating circumstances,” the Supreme Court judgment stated. It received applause from lawyers and parents present in the court.


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