Delhi HC upholds death sentence of December 16 gangrape convicts
The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld a lower court order on giving death sentences to the four men convicted by a trial court for fatally gang-raping a 23-year-old medical student on December 16, 2012 in a running bus.
The High Court rejected the appeal by the convicts.
Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Akshay Thakur were given capital punishment by the lower court in September 13 last year for the brutal gang-rape of a physiotherapy student on a moving bus.
The court had said that the crime fell into the judicial system's "rarest of rare category" that allows capital punishment.
Of the total six accused, the prime conspirator - Ram Singh - had killed himself in Tihar Jail in March this year, while a minor accused was sentenced to serve three years in a special home by the Juvenile Justice Board.
The charges in the instant case were framed on February 2 during which the court also invoked Section 366 of the Indian penal Code (IPC) against them for abducting the girl with intention of committing "illicit intercourse".
It had in its order described the juvenile as an associate of the adult accused, who committed gang rape in furtherance of the conspiracy and "common intention".
The paramedical student was raped, beaten and tortured by the six men on a moving bus on the outskirts of outer Delhi. The victim died of internal injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks later.
(Posted on 14-03-2014)