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Nirbhaya's Parents Move Court, File Plea To Fast-track Death Sentence Of Convicts

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

The parents of 'Nirbhaya', the 23-year-old paramedic student who was gang-raped and murdered in December 2012, has requested a Delhi court to fast-track the procedure to hang all four convicts. 

The Supreme Court on December 13 had dismissed a plea seeking directions for immediate execution of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, saying, "you want us to go around Delhi and execute these people?". 

"What kind of prayer you are making?," a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta told the petitioner.

"You are making the court a joke," it said.

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In one of the most horrendous incidents the nation has ever witnessed, the 23-year-old paramedic student was raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a running bus in South Delhi by six persons and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. She died on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

The Supreme Court had in July upheld the death sentence for four men -- Mukesh (29), Pawan (22), Vinay Sharma (23) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) -- convicted of the rape and murder of the young woman who came to be known as 'Nirbhaya', the fearless.

A fifth accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail in March in 2013 and the sixth, a convicted juvenile was sentenced to three years of punishment in a reform home, and released in 2015. 

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