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Nirbhaya Gangrape case: SC upholds death sentence for 4 convicts

Nirbhaya Gangrape Case

About six years ago, there was a heartbreaking incident on 16 December 2012 in Munirka, which is today known as the case of the fearless gang rape. This incident was so brutal and heinous in which a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern, Jyoti Singh was beaten, gang raped, and tortured in a private bus in which she was traveling with her friend Awindra Pratap Pandey. 6 convicts raped the woman and beat her friend. Eleven days after the incident, Doctors had transferred her to a hospital in Singapore for emergency treatment but she died from her injuries two days later.

Supreme Court rejected the plea of the four convicts for challenging the death penalty awarded to them. The lawyers of the four convicts still plan to file a review petition in response to today’s judgment.

Nirbhaya gang rape case was one of the ‘rarest of rare cases’ which was disturbing on so many levels that it’s still etched in our minds.

The matter was heard by the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.

The four convicts, Akshay, Pawan, Vinay and Mukesh were convicted for raping and brutally torturing 23-year-old paramedic Jyoti Singh on the night of December 16, 2012. A total of six people were convicted, out of which one juvenile was released after a three-year reform facility. The sixth convict, Ram Singh died during the trial.

Here’s all you need to know about the four rapists:

1. Akshay Thakur
Hailing from Bihar, 28-year-old Akshay was a helper on the bus. Akshay Thakur, a school dropout moved to Delhi in 2011. Akshay’s wife lives in Bihar with their son and does not believe that Akshay could ever commit a crime of such low.
Akshay denied that he was in Delhi on the night of December 16, 2012 and had left for his village in Bihar but the claims were clearly false.

2. Pawan Gupta
Nineteen-year-old Pawan, a fruit seller, and his father both denied his involvement in the case. Pawan’s father said he was ‘innocent’ and left the area in the afternoon before the incident occurred.

3. Vinay Sharma
Twenty-year-old Vinay Sharma, also a resident of Ravi Dass slum was a fitness trainer and was educated enough to even speak in English.
Vinay denied his presence on the bus in the court and claimed he was attending a function with Pawan Gupta.

4. Mukesh Singh
Mukesh Singh is the younger brother of Ram Singh who was an occasional driver of the bus. He lived in Ravi Dass slum area with his brother. Mukesh Singh denied that he raped Nirbhaya claiming he was the one who was driving the bus.

5. Juvenile
The 17-year-old was sent to a three-year long reform facility as it was the maximum punishment that could be granted to a minor.
Hailing from UP, the young rapist left his house when he was just 11. Being the poorest in the village, his mother sent him to Delhi in hopes of earning money as his father couldn’t support the family due to his mental disability.
The juvenile has been released and handed over to a facility because of safety issues. There is no record of his existence and has been given a new identity.

6. Ram Singh
The 33-year-old convicted hanged himself in Tihar Jail. Ram Singh was a widower and came from Rajasthan at the age of 23. Ram Singh did not study after primary school and was a dropout.
Mangelal, Ram Singh’s father claimed that he was murdered in Tihar Jail as his one arm was damaged due to an injury. Ram Singh’s arm was damaged and had an iron rod after he met with an accident in 2009.

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