Two murderers who participated in infamous gang rape aboard moving bus in India lose their appeal against their death sentences and are told to be hanged next week
- Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh have lost appeal in the Supreme Court in India
- She and two others in the death row are executed on January 22
- Their 23-year-old victim died shortly after the attack in a case that shocked India
Two of the Indian killers who participated in a notorious group rape in a moving bus have lost a final appeal against their death penalty.
Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh were told that they will be executed for the 2012 attack next week after the Supreme Court rejected their plea to reconsider the sentence.
Sharma, Singh and two others in death row are hanged on January 22, unless the president grants leniency, which is deemed unlikely.
Sharma had claimed “systemic and political bias” against him and said his family would suffer, but a panel of five judges rejected his claims, NDTV reported.
Vinay Sharma (left) and Mukesh Singh (right) were told they will be executed for the 2012 attack next week after the Supreme Court rejected their plea to reconsider the sentence
The two men, along with Pawan Gupta and Akshay Kumar Singh, were sentenced to death in 2013 after raping Jyoti Singh in a bus in Delhi last December.
The 23-year-old victim, a student who became known in India as “Nirbhaya” or “Fearless,” died of her injuries 12 days after the attack.
Another suspect hung himself in prison before his trial began, although his family claims he was murdered.
The sixth attacker was a minor at the time of the attack and was sentenced to three years in a reform house.
After years in death row, the four were told earlier this month that a New Delhi court had planned the curtains for January 22.
One of them, Akshay Kumar Singh, submitted an assessment request earlier this month, after the other three had rejected theirs.
His lawyer accused the judges of bowing to public pressure, but the Supreme Court dismissed Singh’s appeal.
Pawan Gupta (left) and Akshay Kumar Singh (right) were also sentenced to death in 2013 after Jyoti Singh was raped in a bus through Delhi last December
The parents of the victim Asha Devi and Badri Singh are depicted at the Supreme Court in New Delhi in 2018
The lawyers of Sharma told the Indian media today that they would submit a “grace petition” to the president of the country in an attempt for grace.
The head of state of India is not expected to intervene in a case that shocked India and drew worldwide attention to the epidemic of sexual violence in the country.
The victim was on his way home with a male friend from a movie theater when six men lured them into a bus, the authorities say.
With no one else in sight, they hit the man with a metal rod, raped the woman, and used the rod to inflict massive internal injuries on her.
The couple was dumped naked along the road and the woman died two weeks later.
Jyoti’s mother, Asha Devi, cries in front of the New Delhi courthouse in 2013
The harrowing cause caused a wave of protest movements throughout India in which women came from all over the country to report their own experiences of sexual violence
The attackers were tried relatively quickly in a country where sexual violence often languishes for years.
The Supreme Court ruling comes in the midst of a revitalized debate on sexual violence in India following several newspaper headline cases in recent weeks.
A woman in Uttar Pradesh, North India, was topped with gasoline and set on fire by five men, two of whom she had accused of rape and were on bail, on her way to attend a trial in her case.
She died earlier this month in a hospital in New Delhi.
The burned body of a 27-year-old veterinarian was found at the end of November near the city of Hyderabad in southern India.
The police later shot four men on suspicion of raping and murdering the woman after investigators brought them to the crime scene.
It received praise from people frustrated by the pace of the New Delhi case in 2012 and condemnation from those who said it undermined the role of the courts.