Indian Apex Court Uphelds Land Mark Judgement on Nirbhaya Gangrape Case

Hon Deepak Mishra,Chief Justice of India, today got an entry in the chapters of history by retaining the land mark judgement of Death Sentence to four accused in Nirbhaya Gang Rape case, an incident in India which shook all four pillars of political system along with Public in last few years.Hon Deepak Mishra who has been previously criticized by his fellow judges and opposition had tried to bring impeachment against him has recorded a score and has shut the mouth of opposition by passing and retaining this judgement. Earlier the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of four convicted for the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student in 2012 in the national capital in a moving bus. His friend was also beaten up and both were thrown out of bus after extreme case of rame,assault and torture on the road side. The Girl was out for a movie and took a bus from a place in India's capital along with his friend.After a verbal argument his friend was beaten up,tied and made silent while four convicted kept taking turn on her physically torturing,abusing to the extreme extent before raping her. The court pronounced its judgement in the presence of the victim's parents. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan delivered the judgement on the review petition of Mukesh, 29, Pawan Gupta, 22 and Vinay Sharma, 23. The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, had not filed a review petition against the Supreme Court's judgement in May last year. The paramedic student was gang-raped and assaulted in a moving bus by six men on December 16, 2012. A male friend accompanying her was also beaten up. The woman died later, causing nation-wide outrage. While one of the men died in jail, another was tried by a juvenile justice board and was released after he served his three-year sentence. The other four men were sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in May last year. Later on the day of Judgement Prime Minister Modi assured the Nation that his Government will ensure all safety for women and that’s his promise to country. The 2012 Delhi gang rape case involved a rape and fatal assault that occurred on 16 December 2012 in Munirka, a neighbourhood in South Delhi. The incident took place when a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern, Jyoti Singh Pandey, was beaten, gang raped, and tortured in a private bus in which she was traveling with her friend, Awindra Pratap Pandey. There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and beat her friend. Eleven days after the assault, she was transferred to a hospital in Singapore for emergency treatment but died from her injuries two days later.[4][5] The incident generated widespread national and international coverage and was widely condemned, both in India and abroad. Subsequently, public protests against the state and central governments for failing to provide adequate security for women took place in New Delhi, where thousands of protesters clashed with security forces. Similar protests took place in major cities throughout the country. Since Indian law does not allow the press to publish a rape victim's name, the victim has become widely known as Nirbhaya, meaning "fearless", and her life and death have come to symbolise women's struggle to end the rape culture in India and the long-held practice of either denial of its existence within the country, or otherwise blaming the victim rather than the perpetrator. All the accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder. One of the accused, Ram Singh, died in police custody from possible suicide on 11 March 2013 in the Tihar Jail.According to some published reports, the police say Ram Singh hung himself, but defense lawyers and his family suspect he was murdered.The rest of the accused went on trial in a fast-track court; the prosecution finished presenting its evidence on 8 July 2013. The juvenile, Afzal(name changed) was convicted of rape and murder and given the maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment in a reform facility. On 10 September 2013, the four remaining adult defendants were found guilty of rape and murder and three days later were sentenced to death by hanging. On 13 March 2014, Delhi High Court in the death reference case and hearing appeals against the conviction by the lower Court, upheld the guilty verdict and the death sentences.

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