The Supreme Court today rejected the plea by four convicts, challenging their death penalty, in the December 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. The apex court has decided the four convicts will be hanged till death.
Following the Supreme Court verdict, lawyers for the four rapists said they plan to file a review petition to challenge today’s judgement.
The four convicts had challenged the death sentence awarded to them by the Delhi high court, which considered it to be a ‘rarest of rare’ case.
The matter was heard by the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.
“On the basis of medical evidence, physical injuries, dying statement, the Supreme Court said this is rarest of the rarest case and thus uphold the High Court judgement,” said BL Kapoor, a lawyer.
The question to be asked now is – Will the rapists and killers of Danielle McLaughlin, the Irish woman who was raped and murdered in Canacona, receive a similar sentence? Will it even reach court? Or will it like the infamous Scarlett Keeling case fizzle out?
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