New Delhi: The Supreme Court today upheld the death sentence for four men convicted of the brutal rape and murder of a young woman who became a symbol of fearlessness and the nation came to recognise her as “Nirbhaya”.
A three-judge bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan describef the December 16, 2012 gang- rape and murder as a “rarest of rare” case.
Justice Misra wrote the judgement, both on his and on behalf of Justice Bhushan. Justice Banumathi wrote a separate concurring verdict upholding the Delhi High Court order in the Nirbhaya case. The High Court had earlier upheld the verdict of the trial court.
The four whose sentence has been upheld today by the Supreme Court are Mukesh (29), Pawan (22), Vinay Sharma (23) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31). They can appeal against today’s verdict and also seek mercy from the President.
A juvenile, who was sentenced three years in a reform home in this case, was released two years ago while Ram Singh, the fifth accused, committed suicide in Tihar Jail in March in 2013.