The Supreme Court, on 5 May, upheld the earlier Delhi High Court order awarding death penalty to all the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case.
An SC bench, comprising Justices Dipak Misra, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, pronounced the judgement – on the convicts’ appeals against the death penalty – after it reserved the verdict after an extensive hearing on 27 March.
“Taking the serious injuries, the severe nature of offence committee by the convicts, we are upholding the sentence,” the Supreme Court said in the order. “It is a barbaric incident,” the apex court said.
"It's a barbaric crime and it has shaken the society's conscience," Justice R Banumathi told the court
Speaking to the media on Friday morning, Nirbhaya’s parents expressed confidence that the SC would deliver justice.
The four men convicted in the case, Mukesh Singh, 24, Pawan Gupta, 20, Vinay Sharma, 22, and Akshay Thakur, 29, were awarded death sentence by Delhi High Court in March 2014.
The Supreme Court had later stayed the death sentence of four convicts and allowed them to make appeals for their convictions.
The fifth convict hanged himself, while the juvenile convict, who was awarded three years in a reformation home, was released in December 2015.
Jyoti Singh, dubbed Nirbhaya, was raped and killed by five men and a juvenile in the national capital in December 2012. The 23-year-old was gangraped and dumped by the roadside. She later succumbed to her injuries.
(With inputs from Live Law.)