Nirbhaya's four rapists have to die as Supreme Court upholds capital punishment

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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. "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.

Mentioning that there are no grounds to reconsider the 2017-SC verdict, the Court also stated that reviews can be sought only when there are apparent errors resulting in miscarriage of justice and that the convicts cannot use the review petition to re-argue the case.

Mukesh, Pawan and Vinay had appealed for a review of the death sentence.

Singh, lawyer of two convicts, Pawan and Vinay told ANI he is hopeful that his clients would get justice.

"I want that as soon as possible they are hanged to death", Devi said in an interview with The Post. "I welcome this decision as it proves justice can be delayed but not denied".

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The Supreme Court in its 2017 verdict had upheld the capital punishment awarded to them by the Delhi High Court and the trial court in the sensational case of gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student on 16 December 2012.

Saket's Fast-track Court on September 13, 2013, had sentenced all four convicts to death. The case triggered angry protests by thousands of people as well as soul-searching about the country's treatment of women. The remaining four accused were sentenced to death by Additional Sessions Judge. They can file one last petition with the Supreme Court, and if it's again rejected, they can seek presidential mercy, said A.P. Singh, the defence attorney. Of the two other accused, Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail while the juvenile was sent to a reformation home for three years and has been out since then.

She died of her injuries in hospital.

The woman was gangraped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a running bus in South Delhi by six persons and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. Hanging a few men will not change the manner in which women are affected by sexual violence in their daily lives.

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