Supreme Court to pronounce judgement in Nirbhaya Review Petition on July 9

Saul Bowman
July 10, 2018

The bench also ruled that the three convicts were heard elaborately during the stage of their appeal against the Delhi High Court's judgement, and no case had been made out by them for review of the apex court's verdict upholding the death penalty.

The brutal crime had sparked widespread protests and drew worldwide attention over violence against women in India.

The apex court on Monday rejected the review pleas filed by Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23), saying no grounds have been made out by them for review of the verdict.

"A review of a judgement is a serious step and reluctant resort to... it is proper only where a glaring omission or patent mistake or like grave error has crept in earlier by judicial fallibility", said Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan. It said in a review petition the petitioner can not be allowed to re-argue merits of the case by pointing out certain evidences and materials, which were on the record and were already looked into by the trial court, HC and this court as well. The accused appealed to the supreme court, which eventually delivered its judgment confirming the death penalty in May 2017.

"Unfortunately, executions do not eradicate violence against women".


It all started on the fateful day of December 16, 2012, when the four appellants along with the main accused late Ram Singh and the juvenile accused took out a bus for a "joyride" as was the routine on Sunday evenings. It is unfortunate that they committed such crime.

The men were convicted of the gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey, 23, a medical student who was attacked as she travelled home on a bus in 2012. The Delhi High Court upheld that verdict in 2014. At the time, due to Indian laws that prohibit the naming of rape victims, sections of the media referred to Singh as "Nirbhaya", which means fearless, a nod to her determination to survive in the days after the incident.

"There is more fight ahead, but we have got justice once again". She succumbed to injuries on 29 December 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

Amnesty International suggested that instead of awarding capital punishment, the government should allocate adequate resources for improving the implementation of laws, improve the conviction rates and ensure certainty of justice in all cases.

She was also severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. The juvenile convicted in the case by the Juvenile Justice Board was released from a reform home after serving a three-year term.

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