New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence of all four convicted in the December 2012 Jyoti Singh gangrape case. The four convicted are Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh.
The judges said this qualified as a rarest of rare case and Singh’s dying declaration was reliable.
“If at all a case warrants death sentence it’s this case. Human lust was allowed to take demonic form,” Hindustan Times quoted the Supreme Court judges as saying. They also said that “Evidence of victim’s friend is unimpeachable and relied upon. Can’t disregard the CCTV footage establishing the movement of the bus. Custodial confession do not remotely create a dent in police investigation. Relationship between the six established.”
“It’s a tsunami of shock in the minds of the collective and destroyed humanity. Death for all four. Compelled to arrive aggravating circumstances outweigh the mitigating circumstances,” the judges added.
A trial court had sentenced the four to death in 2013, an order the high court had confirmed.
On December 16, 2012, Singh and a male friend boarded a bus at Munirka in Delhi. The two were brutally attacked, Singh was gangraped, an iron rod pushed into her body and her intestines pulled out. She died at a hospital in Singapore 13 days later.
Widespread protests were held, following which six men were arrested, including a minor. Ram Singh, the bus driver, was found hanging in his cell in Tihar Jail in March 2013. The juvenile was released last year.