New Delhi, July 9: The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its verdict upholding the death sentence to four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case.
Rejecting the petition for the recall of the May 5, 2017 verdict upholding the death sentence, Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Ashok Bhushan stated the plea lacked grounds for a review.
Soon after the verdict, the victim’s mother Asha Devi said “our struggle does not end here. Justice is getting delayed. It’s affecting other daughters of the society. I request judiciary to tighten their judicial system, serve justice to Nirbhaya by hanging them as soon as possible and help other girls and women”.
On May 4, the Court had reserved its order on the review petitions filed by the convicts– Pawan Gupta (31), Vinay Sharma (25), and Mukesh (31).
The paramedic student was brutally gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 on a moving bus in the national capital by a group of six people.
Later, she succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012, at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital. The crime triggered nationwide outrage.
Below are some of the reactions after Supreme Court verdict
Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress : Justice Prevails ! The punishment is a lesson to all those, who attempt such horrid crimes. We stand by Nirbhaya’s parents,as always, in this quest of justice!
Hope Govt will now follow up to act decisively on issues of women’s safety.
Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP MP: The judgment has raised and restored people’s faith in judiciary. We as society need to send a very strong message to the culprits and accused in cases of rapes.
PP Chaudhary, Minister of State (MoS): The entire country welcomes the Supreme Court judgement. It will prove as a lesson for people who commit such crimes.
Rekha Sharma, Chairman of NCW: I welcome this decision as it proves justice can be delayed but not denied. It’s a landmark decision. This judgement shows that law takes its own course in this country.
Rohan Mahajan, Family lawyer of the Victim: It is a victorious moment. Faith in the judiciary has been reinstated. We are satisfied today. The only request to the Central govt is to expedite whatever process is to follow now.
Asha Devi, Mother of Delhi gang-rape victim: They were not juveniles. It is unfortunate that they committed such crime. This decision reaffirms our trust in the court that we will definitely get justice.
Our struggle does not end here. Justice is getting delayed. It’s affecting other daughters of the society. I request judiciary to tighten their judicial system, serve justice to Nirbhaya by hanging them as soon as possible & help other girls&women, she added.
Badrinath Singh, Father of Delhi gang-rape victim: We knew that review petition will be dismissed. But what next? So much time has gone by & threat to women have gone up in this span. I believe sooner they’re hanged, better it is.