'Why Death Penalty': 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Convict Brings Up Air Pollution In Review Plea

A demonstrator holds placards during a protest in New Delhi on December 29, 2012.  (Photo: Adnan1 Abidi / Reuters)

One of the four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case, Akshay Singh, moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday and sought review of its 2017 judgment handing down death penalty.

The apex court had, on 9 July, 2018, dismissed the review pleas filed by three other convicts in the case.

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Singh, who had not filed the review plea earlier with other three convicts, has now moved the apex court with the petition, his lawyer AP Singh was quoted as saying by PTI.

In his petition, Singh argued that the air quality in Delhi NCR is “burst and like a gas chamber” and the water is “full of poison”. 

“Life is going short to short, then why death penalty?” he asked in his petition, according to NDTV

The petition further said, according to News18, “Why death penalty when age is reducing. It is mentioned in our Ved, Purans and Upanishad that in the age of Satyug, people lived thousands of years. In Treta Yug, a man used to live for thousands of years...but now it is Kalyug. In this era, age of a human being is reduced much.”

“It has now come to 50-60 years... this is almost a true analysis... when a person faces stark realities of life, then he is no better than a dead body,” NDTV further quoted from the report. 

(With PTI inputs)

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