Today, the Supreme Court will decide if the four men convicted of raping and torturing a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012 will be hanged or not. Three of the four convicts had filed a review plea seeking reduction of their death sentence to a life term. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan is expected to deliver a judgement on the pleas of Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23).

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Nirbhaya was raped by six persons on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in South Delhi and was severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road along with her male companion.

The woman later succumbed to her injuries at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on December 29 2012, which triggered nationwide protests.

Of the six accused, bus driver Ram Singh killed himself in his prison cell. The youngest accused was sent to a juvenile home, from where he was released after serving a three-year term.

The Supreme Court sentenced the other four men in May 2017. In it the apex court had upheld capital punishment awarded to the convicts in the case, by the Delhi High Court and the trial court.

The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, has not filed a review petition against the Supreme Court’s judgement in May last year. Advocate AP Singh, representing Akshay Kumar Singh, said, “Akshay has not filed a review petition yet. We will be filing it.”

Nirbhayas mother told News 18 that even a “death penalty” is not sufficient for the accused. However, Asha Devi said that the verdict, in this case, should set an “example”. “Even now we see cases of rape and murder of young girls and women. This should stop.”

“We will only get justice if the culprits are hanged.” Nirbhaya’s father Badrinath Singh said, “Appeal to PM to take concrete steps against atrocities towards women & young girls.”

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