Thursday , 23 May 2019

Faith in judiciary reinstated, says Nirbhaya’s mother




The parents of the December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder victim Monday said their faith in the judiciary was reinstated and they hoped to get justice after the Supreme Court dismissed the pleas of three of the four convicts in the case, seeking a review of its verdict upholding the death penalty awarded to

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the review pleas of Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23) Monday, saying no grounds were made out by them for a review of the verdict.

The apex court said the death row convicts failed to point out “error apparent on the face of record” in the judgment.

“The Supreme Court upholding its verdict is a strong message to those who commit such heinous crimes. Our faith in the judiciary has been reinstated. I appeal to the prime minister to take concrete steps against atrocities towards young girls and women,” Asha Devi, the mother of the victim, said.

The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), did not file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s May 5, 2017 verdict.

The apex court had, in its 2017 verdict, upheld the capital punishment awarded to the convicts by the Delhi High Court and the trial court in the gangrape and murder case of the 23-year-old paramedic student here on December 16, 2012.

The woman was raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 in a running bus in south Delhi by six persons. She was also severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. She succumbed to the injuries at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on December 29, 2012.

One of the accused in the case, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail here.

A juvenile accused was convicted by a juvenile justice board. He was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.