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Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Nirbhaya gangrape

The Supreme Court today upheld the death sentence of the four men, convicted for the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student in 2012 in the national capital. The court pronounced its judgement in the presence of the victim’s parents. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan delivered the judgement on the review petition of Mukesh, 29, Pawan Gupta, 22 and Vinay Sharma, 23. The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, had not filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s judgement in May last year.

The paramedic student was gang-raped and assaulted in a moving bus by six men on December 16, 2012. A male friend accompanying her was also beaten up. The woman died later, causing nation-wide outrage. While one of the men died in jail, another was tried by a juvenile justice board and was released after he served his three-year sentence. The other four men were sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in May last year.


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