New Delhi: The fateful night of December 16, 2012 is still alive in people’s conscience. Four and a half year to that heinous crime and the Nation is still waiting for justice in the Nirbhaya Gangrape case, whose verdict on appeal of four convicts against their death sentence will be given by Supreme Court today.
The four convicts Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh were sentenced to death by hanging by trial court and later, Delhi high court confirmed this decision. Today, the four accused will challenge High court’s decision and appeal for mercy in Supreme Court.
There were six men involved in brutally raping and murdering the 23-year-old medical student, who got on the bus after being confirmed that she would be dropped at her destination. The prime accused in the case Ram Singh, the bus driver, was found hanging in his cell in Tihar jail in March 2013. But there have been speculations that he was murdered inside the prison. The fifth convict was a juvenile who was given the maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment in a reform facility. He is out since December 2015.
Eleven days after the assault, Nirbhaya was transferred to a hospital in Singapore for emergency treatment, but died from her injuries two days later on 29 December 2012.
If the Supreme Court confirms the death sentence of the other four convicts, then the last options that they will have are a review petition or presidential pardon.