Over five and a half years after the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case shook the conscience of the nation, the Supreme Court will decide Monday whether the four men responsible for this heinous crime must be hanged.
The convicted assailants have not yet exhausted all legal options - they can still seek a curative petition from the court for example - so the process may drag out for years. A minor in the case was convicted by the Juvenile Justice Court and served a three year sentence.
The Supreme Court said there were no grounds for changing the men's sentences.
The case led to the introduction of the death sentence for raping girls under 12.
The Supreme Court bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan had on May 4 reserved its judgment on the review plea of the two convicts.
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She also said that their faith in the judiciary has been reinstated.
Interestingly, the committee was opposed to the death penalty as a punishment - even in the rarest of the rare cases.
"This decision reaffirms our trust in the court that we will definitely get justice", said mother of Nirbhaya, Asha Devi, who along with her husband was present in the court for the verdict today.
The fourth convict in the case also on a death row, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), did not file a review petition against the Supreme Court's judgment from 5 May, 2017, but his lawyer AP Singh said he would file the plea next week. Justice is getting delayed.
She was gang raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a running bus in South Delhi by six people and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. Her friend was beaten up but survived. There is no evidence to show that death penalty acts as a deterrent for sexual violence or any other crime. After nearly two weeks, the victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital where she was flown in a last ditch bid to save her life.
A panel entrusted with reviewing legislation boosted the jail terms to 20 years for rape despite rejecting public appeals for the death penalty.