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Supreme Court upholds death penalty for all convicts of Nirbhaya rape case

The Supreme Court upheld High Court and trial court decision to award death to all four convicts in the December 16, 2012 gang rape and murder. The judgement was received with an applause from those in the court.

The Supreme Court gave its verdict on the appeals filed by the four convicts on Friday. The convicts had been awarded death sentence by the fast track court, which was upheld by the Delhi High Court. The execution had been stayed after the four convicts — Mukesh (27), Pawan (20), Vinay (21) and Akshay (29) — moved the top court. The fifth accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide while in jail. The sixth accused, who was a minor at the time of crime, was granted three years in a correction facility by Juvenile Justice Board. He was released from the home in November 2015.

The gang rape and murder or 23-year-old paramedic had led to nation wide outrage and spurred to government to strengthen rape laws.

Earlier today , the mother of 23-year-old victim saids she will not settle for anything less than death sentence. “There were days, when I felt justice will take forever but today is the day. The court will punish them. They should be hanged and a precedent set that no man will be let off in such cases,” she told reporters on Friday.

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