India’s supreme court upholds death penalty for 2012 Delhi gang-rape convicts

Badrinath Singh the victim's father said his daughter has

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

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CNN-News18 (formerly known as CNN-IBN) has been the world's window to India and India's window to the world. It said the convicts were heard elaborately during appeals and no grounds have been made out for review of its verdict. "The court has taken a decision against these kids (convicts) under political and media pressure", A. P. Singh told reporters.

The men were convicted of the gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey, 23, a medical student who was attacked as she travelled home on a bus in 2012.

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After the Supreme Court's judgment on Monday, the victim's mother said she was happy her daughter had got justice, though she added that their struggle did not end here. If this petition is also rejected, a mercy plea would be their last option.

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.

It all started on the fateful day of December 16, 2012, when the four appellants along with the main accused late Ram Singh and the juvenile accused took out a bus for a "joyride" as was the routine on Sunday evenings. Fighting for life for 13 days, she died at a hospital in Singapore.

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

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This included the attack of an eight-year-old girl from the northern Jammu region who died after being kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped by several men for days at a Hindu temple. The juvenile convicted in the case by the Juvenile Justice Board was released from a reform home after serving a three-year term. The case triggered angry protests by thousands of people as well as soul-searching about the country's treatment of women.

Following the perpetrators' arrest, a fast-track court was set up in January 2013 to try the case.

On March 13, 2014, the Delhi HC upheld the verdict.

While dismissing the review petition, the Supreme Court said that the death row convicts had failed to point out the "error" in the judgement.

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