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2012 Delhi gangrape case: SC upholds death penalty

LiveMint logoLiveMint 05-05-2017 Apurva Vishwanath

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence awarded to four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang rape-murder case.

“The aggravating factors have outweighed the mitigating factors that we considered,” the court said.

A bench comprising justices Dipak Misra, R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan were hearing appeals filed by the four convicts—Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Akshay Thakur and Vinay Sharma—against the death sentence awarded to them.

Six accused were found guilty by a Delhi fast track court, out of whom one was a juvenile convict. One convict reportedly committed suicide in prison. The Delhi high court upheld the death sentences for the remaining four on 13 March 2014.

Last year, the apex court had also appointed senior advocates Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde to assist the court in defending the convicts.

A 26-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi was brutally assaulted by six men, including the four convicts, after she and a male friend boarded a private bus on 16 December 2012. She died in hospital a fortnight later. One suspect died in custody and another was tried and sentenced by a juvenile justice court.

The incident triggered nationwide outrage, and led to tougher sexual assault laws in the country.

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