New Delhi: The Supreme Court today has upholds the death sentence for Four convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya Gang rape case and murder case. The whole nation was shocked when a 23-year-old medical student on her way to home from movie was Gang rape in a moving Bus on 16 December in Delhi.

A trial court had ruled in 2013 that they should be hanged and the high court confirmed the sentence. But the four challenged it in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court today heard an appeal filed by four convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh  and upholds earlier order of death sentence to the four in Nirbhaya case convicts.

SC said ‘taking the serious injuries, the severe nature of offence committeed by the convicts, we are upholding the sentence’

The Horrific incident

On December 16 2012, the victim student and her friend were returning home after watching a film. Both of them were waiting to hail an auto rickshaw for a ride back home at around 9.30 pm. As they were waiting a bus driver offered them to them a ride and assured them he would be dropped off at their destination. As the bus started moving, the two were then attacked and the victim student was gang-raped by six men, brutalized with an iron rod and her intestines were pulled out.

The two victims were thrown out of the bus in half clothed and bloodied state. A passerby found them at 11 pm and rushed them to Safdurjang hospital where they were given immediate treatment. The victim condition was in critical condition and was shifted to Singapore hospital for the treatment. Thirteen days later she died. Her companion survived after being treated for a few broken ribs.

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The incident, when reported, triggered massive protests throughout the country. On December 21, 2012, public protests took place at India Gate and Raisina Hills. Thousands of people reached to protest with the protesters clashing with police and being deterred by water cannon and tear gas shells.

Ram Singh, the bus driver, was found hanging in his cell in Tihar jail in March 2013, months before they were convicted. Last August, Vinay Sharma had also allegedly tried to commit suicide. The sixth convict was just months short of 18 when he participated in the horrific crime.

In 2015, the four had also been sentenced to 10 years in jail for a robbery that the police was able to link to them after their arrest for the gang-rape. An appeal against this conviction is pending in the high court.

He walked out of a correction home in December 2015 after spending three years – the maximum punishment for minors – sparking public outrage and an overhaul of the juvenile law. Now, a juvenile between 16 and 18 years can be treated as an adult if they commit a heinous crime.

(Inputs from Agencies)