Let them hang: Supreme Court on Delhi rapists

Badrinath Singh the victim's father said his daughter has

Badrinath Singh the victim's father said his daughter has"finally got justice

In May previous year, the apex court had upheld the decisions of the Delhi High Court and the trial court, sentencing Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and the fourth convict, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, to death for the brutal gang rape-murder of Jyoti in Delhi in 2012.

A three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and also comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and R Bhanumathi will pronounce the verdict in the case. The fourth convict, Akshay, did not file any review of the May 5, 2017, judgement that had confirmed death sentence awarded to the accused by the Delhi high court.

A review petition is entertained on the grounds of judicial fallibility, miscarriage of justice or error in the earlier SC judgment.

Calling the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the death penalty for the accused in the Nirbhaya case as "unfortunate" Amnesty International India asserted that there was no evidence to show death penalty acted as a deterrent for sexual violence.

On 16 December 2012, a student was brutally assaulted and raped by six persons on a moving bus in South Delhi, an incident which triggered nationwide protests.

The woman died of internal injuries almost two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.

Another, who was aged 17 at the time, was released in 2015 after serving three years in a reform facility - the maximum term possible for a juvenile in India. "I believe sooner they're hanged, better it is", said Mr Singh, who has been fighting for justice for his daughter since her death.

The case also put the treatment of women in the world's largest democracy in the global spotlight and led to a stiffening of sentences for sex crimes.

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The bench said the three convicts were heard elaborately after they had appealed against the Delhi High Court's ruling, and they had not made any case for a review of the top court's verdict upholding their death penalty.

They have now exhausted all their legal options but can still file a mercy petition before India's president.

AP Singh, the lawyer for the convicts told ANI, "The sentence was upheld due to public and political pressure".

There were some 40,000 rapes reported in India in 2016, according to the most recent official figures available.

Just four convicts have been executed in the last 25 years, including Dhananjoy Chatterjee for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. She succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital, triggering huge protests across the country.

Interestingly, the committee was opposed to the death penalty as a punishment - even in the rarest of the rare cases.

This led to the introduction of the death sentence for raping girls younger than 12.

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