Politicos react to Supreme Court's verdict on Nirbhaya rape case

Frederick Owens
May 9, 2017

After the Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of all the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case, actress Priyanka Chopra has took to social media to pen her views on the same.

Lawyers for the four said they would file a review petition - the next stage in the appeals process.

Manchu Lakshmi who is popular for raising her voice against the crime, said on Saturday, "Though the accused in Nirbhaya rape and murder case are indulged in crime but it was not correct to sentence them to death".

A fifth man, the suspected ringleader, was found dead in jail in a suspected suicide, while the 17-year-old was sentenced to three years in a detention centre and has since been released. The woman was gang-raped by six men for hours, brutalised with an iron rod and her intestines were pulled out. The court termed the incident as "most brutal, barbaric and diabolical attack" on the victim.

That justice, R. Banumathi, also revisited elements of the case that she said affirmed the "rarest of rare" classification that demands the death penalty.

Justice Misra, who read the operative portion of the judgement, said the offence created a "tsunami of shock".

While Banumathi said she concurred with her male colleagues in the ruling, she also expounded on her reasoning in the case and cataloged the court's approach to affirming the death sentence.

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Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said she was happy.

The four criminals brutally assaulted and gang-raped the 23-year old woman on December 16th, 2012. After the crime, the six threw her out of the vehicle with her friend.

Later on, she succumbed to her injuries, on December 29, 2012 while undergoing treatment at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital where she was flown by the government. For five years, Nirbhaya aka Jyoti Singh's parents and family have been waiting for Supreme Court's verdict on the Nirbhaya gang rape case that had ignited a roar of debate across the country. "I slept soundly last night".

Their daughter, too, will now rest in peace, Singh, and his wife Asha Devi, said after the judgement.

"She would have turned 28 on May 10 if she had lived".

Meanwhile, women rights activist and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav hailed the apex court's verdict, while expressing happiness over the punishment awarded to the rapists. This sparked off loud clapping in the packed courtroom by relatives of the victim - whose identity is protected by law - and others.

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