Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking immediate execution of death row convicts in December 16 gangrape case

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking directions for the immediate execution of the four men convicted in December 16 gangrape. 

A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked the petitioner, “What kind of prayer are you making?” It further said, “You are making the court a joke.” The PIL filed by lawer Alakh Alok Srivasatava sought direction from the central government to execute all the four death row convicts within two weeks. 

Six men had raped and brutally assaulted a 23-year-old student in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012. The woman succumbed to her injuries two weeks later at a hospital in Singapore. On July 9, the apex court dismissed the pleas of three convicts, Mukesh (31), Pawan Gupta (24) and Vinay Sharma (25), seeking review of the apex court verdict which upheld the judgements of the Delhi High Court and the lower court in the case.

The crime had triggered country-wide protests and demands for better safety of women.

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