The convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape-murder case face the gallows with the Supreme Court saying on Monday that it found no new grounds for a rethink on its May 2017 decision to award death to the four for the barbaric assault on a 23-year-old paramedic that triggered a nationwide outpouring of outrage.
Justice Bhushan said that "the ambit and scope of a review petition is well-defined and can only be entertained if there is judicial fallibility, miscarriage of justice and error apparent in the earlier apex court judgment", The Hindu reported.
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The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its verdict upholding the death sentence to four convicts who gangraped and murdered Nirbhaya.
Physiotherapy student Jyoti Singh, 23, was raped and left for dead by a gang of five men and a teenager on a bus in Saket, South Delhi, in December 2012.
Singh was dumped on the streets 45 minutes later with horrific internal injuries, and died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital. The minor was tried in juvenile court and remanded to shelter home for three years before he was released in December 2015.
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The bench said the three convicts were heard elaborately after they had appealed against the Delhi High Court's ruling, and they had not made any case for a review of the top court's verdict upholding their death penalty.
The apex court dealt with this issue as advocate A P Singh, appearing for convicts Vinay Sharma and Pawan Kumar Gupta, had argued before it about abolition of death penalty in India. "Even after today, they can still appeal further, so we don't know how long we will have to fight". "I think true justice for Nirbhaya will be when such crimes against women stop in the society", she said. "They'll definitely be hanged very soon for the barbarism they committed", Asha Devi said.
One of the accused in the case, Ram Singh, has died already, after allegedly committing suicide in the Tihar Jail in the national capital. There is no evidence to show that death penalty acts as a deterrent for sexual violence or any other crime. "Instead, the government must allocate adequate resources for the effective implementation of laws, improve conviction rates and ensure certainty of justice in all cases", Asmita Basu, Amnesty International India's Programmes director, said.
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