New Delhi,05.05.17-The Supreme Court described the crime as a "story of a different world" given the brutality with which it was committed.

Referring to the dying declaration of the young woman, the court said that the "brutal and demonic" crime had been proved beyond doubt and if this case does not warrant the death penalty...then what does?....

Anger over the horrific crime that took place on 16th December 2012 in South Delhi's Munirka gave birth to a new revolution in India.

The brutal gangrape of a 23 year old medical student by 6 assailants in a moving bus outraged the nation.

Nearly 4 and a half years after the crime, the Supreme Court upheld death penalty for accused Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh on Friday dismissing their appeal against the Delhi High Court judgement confirming death penalty pronounced by a trial court earlier.

The apex court said that the crime was committed with such brutality that it cannot be pardoned.

The Supreme Court bench led by Justice Deepak Mishra had reserved the verdict on 27th March.
-On Friday, at 3 minutes past 2 in the afternoon, Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice R Banumathi entered the court room.

The three judges were unanimous on upholding the death penalty for all the 4 accused. The judgement described the demonic nature of the crime that the victim was subjected to.

It says, 'The devilish manner in which they played with her identity and dignity is humanly inconceivable. It sounds like a story from a different world where humanity has been treated with irreverence'.

It referred to a 'tsunami of shock in the mind of the collective' after the crime.

'The nature and manner of the crime devastated social trust and is in the rarest of rare category warranting the death penalty'.

'The accused were obsessed about ravishing her life, she was treated as an object of enjoyment'.

'The victim's dying declaration is consistent; it has been proved beyond doubt and corroborated'

'CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY OF SIX MEN IS ESTABLISHED'

'All efforts were made to destroy evidence, like running the bus over the victim and her friend'.

In her separate but concurring judgement, Justice Bhanumati ruled, 'If this case does not fall in the 'rarest of rare category' than one may wonder what else would fall in that category'.

'Post-crime remorse, post-crime good conduct of the accused the statement of the accused on their backgrond and family circumstances, age, absence of criminal antecedents and their good conduct in prison cannot be treated as mitigating circumstances to take the case out of the category of 'rarest of rare cases.

The verdict was pronounced to loud applause in court, in the presence of the parents of the victim.

Nirbhaya's parents were satisfied with the verdict.

The 4 convicts may not hang in the immediate future...because legal recourse in the form of review and curative petitions is available to them.

They also have the option of seeking Presidential pardon.

On 16th December 2012, six persons had brutally gangraped Nirbhaya and threw her and her friend out of a moving bus...and tried to run them over.

Nirbhaya's condition deteriorated and she breathed her last at a Singapore hospital.

A fast -track court in Saket pronounced the 4 accused guilty for gangrape and murder.

On 13th September 2013, the 4 were sentenced to death after labelling it as one belonging to the rarest of rare category.

Later, Delhi High Court upheld the judgement.

During trial, one of the accused Ram Singh had committed suicide in Tihar Jail and the 6th one was a juvenile who was sentenced to 3 years in a correction home.

Supreme Court's judgement sends out a message that crimes of such brutality deserve no mercy.

GOVT SAYS VERDICT IS A VICTORY OF THE RULE OF LAW

The government hailed the verdict as a "victory of the rule of law" and said it would act as a deterrent against heinous crimes. All political parties welcomed it too.

It was no ordinary verdict that the Supreme Court had to pronounce on Friday. The December 16th gangrape and murder of a 23 year old paramedic had shaken the nation to its core.

All eyes were on how the apex court would respond to the challenge posed by 4 of the convicts to the High Court's verdict of death.

The case was extermely significant because the public outburst of rage and anger had shaken the entire system forcing the govt to change many laws.

Welcoming the court's verdict the government has termed it a landmark decision.

Among the observers inside the courtroom were a number of young girls who termed the verdict a personal victory.

Much of the credit for the final verdict goes to Delhi Police who say that they have conducted all the investigations into the case with utmost seriousness. Almost all political parties have welcomed the verdict.

Clearly, its a decision that has fulfilled the expectations of all and by pronouncing such a pathbreaking verdict it has set a precedent that will prove to be a milestone in the country's history.