Delhi gangrape case: Death for accused, says High Court

Mar 13, 2014, 15:16 IST | Agencies

Delhi High Court upholds death penalty awarded to four convicts in December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case of 23-year-old paramedic; the division bench also rejects appeal by the convicts

The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld the verdict its verdict confirming the death sentence of four convicts in the Dec 16, 2012 gang-rape.

A division bench of Justice Reva Khetrapal and Justice Pratibha Rani pronounced the verdict.

Delhi gangrape accused Pawan Gupta
Cops eescort Pawan Gupta, one of those convicted in the Delhi gangrape case, to an appearance at a court in New Delhi . Photo: AFP

A 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gang-raped, and brutally sexually assaulted by six men, including a juvenile, in a moving bus. The accused then threw her and her male companion out of the vehicle, stripped of clothing, to die by the roadside on the cold December night.

The woman died of grave intestinal injuries Dec 29, 2012 at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital, where she was airlifted for specialised treatment.

One of the six accused was found dead in a cell in Delhi's Tihar Jail. A juvenile involved in the crime was Aug 31, 2013 sent by the Juvenile Justice Board to a reform home for three years, the maximum term under the juvenile law.

The trial court Sep 13, 2013 awarded the death sentence to Mukesh (26), Akshay Thakur (28), Pawan Gupta (19) and Vinay Sharma (20).

The court referred the case to the high court for confirmation of the sentence.

The chargesheet was filed Jan 3 last year.

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