India’s supreme court upholds death penalty for 2012 Delhi gang-rape convicts

Badrinath Singh the victim's father said his daughter has

Badrinath Singh the victim's father said his daughter has"finally got justice

The top court had upheld the death sentences in May 2017, following which the convicts had filed a review petition. The men were among four sentenced to death for an attack that galvanized India, where widespread violence against women had always been quietly accepted. Their appeals were dismissed by the Delhi High Court, which eventually led to the appeal in Supreme Court.

Rejecting the arguments the chief justice said: "What are you arguing.Please make a case for review".

The court said a review was possible only if there was an error or a miscarriage of justice, reported The Hindu.

In these review petitions, no ground has been made out which may furnish any ground to review the judgment. "However, I am happy that my daughter has finally got justice", Singh told reporters. That ruling came over four years after the chilling incident that took place on the night of December 16, 2012.

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They have now exhausted all their legal options but can still file a mercy petition before India's president. She succumbed to injuries on 29 December 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

But activists say this is just the tip of the iceberg as many victims are afraid to report the crimes due to threats by perpetrators or the social stigma attached to sexual assaults.

The bus driver, the fifth suspect in the crime, was found hanging in his cell in a prison in March 2013, months before the suspects were convicted.

The incident took place in Munirka, South Delhi.

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The 23-year-old woman, on course to be the first professional in the family, was coming home from the cinema with a male friend.

Hailing the move, CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said, "We welcome the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the guilt of those who had appealed for a review".

"We will not breathe easy till we see these men hanged in front of our eyes", he said. "I request the judiciary to tighten their judicial system", she told ANI.

After the apex court verdict, human rights body Amnesty International India, in a statement, said that executions do not eradicate violence against women and government must allocate adequate resources for effective implementation of laws, improve conviction rates and ensure certainty of justice in all cases. She asserted that far-reaching procedural and institutional reforms are need of the hour.

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"All too often lawmakers in the country hold up capital punishment as a symbol of their resolve to tackle crime, and choose to ignore more hard and effective solutions like improving investigations, prosecutions and support for victims' families".

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