India death sentences upheld over 2012 gang-rape

Indian defence lawyer AP Singh representing men accused of gang raping and murdering a woman in 2012 talks to the media outside India's Supreme Court building in New Delhi

The Supreme Court, on Monday, rejected the review petition filed by the convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case. There is no evidence to show that death penalty acts as a deterrent for sexual violence or any other crime.

The apex court on Monday rejected the review pleas filed by Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23), saying no grounds have been made out by them for review of the verdict.

The court said the death-row convicts had failed to point out any "error" in the earlier judgment.

The top court had upheld the death sentences in May 2017, following which the convicts had filed a review petition.

The six-strong gang beat the man unconscious before raping and torturing Singh with an iron bar as the private bus drove loops through the Indian capital.

May 2017: The Supreme Court upholds the high court's decision to give them death sentences.

Rights activists, opposed to death penalty, said execution will not eradicate violence against women.

In the years since, women's advocates say that the Nirbhaya case raised awareness, prompting more women to come forward if they're abused or assaulted, with authorities responding to the concerns with more closed-circuit security cameras and fast track courts for crimes against women.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the trial court, high court and the apex court elaborately considered the dying declarations during the trial of the case and the convicts could not be allowed to raise the same issues again.

Amnesty International suggested that instead of awarding capital punishment, the government should allocate adequate resources for improving the implementation of laws, improve the conviction rates and ensure certainty of justice in all cases.

Over the next few days, his brother Mukesh Singh, gym instructor Vinay Sharma, fruit seller Pawan Gupta, a helper on the bus Akshay Thakur, and the 17-year-old juvenile, who can not be named, are arrested.

She was dumped on the streets suffering horrific internal injuries and died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital.

She was also severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road.

On March 11, 2013, Ram Singh was found hanging in his cell at Tihar Jail.

A juvenile accused was convicted by a juvenile justice board. Of six assailants eventually arrested, the fifth man died in prison in 2013 and the sixth was a juvenile who served his three-year sentence in a youth offender facility.

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