Today the Supreme Court hears the review petitions in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, filed by one of the four convicts. Mukesh had filed the petition, who has been sentenced to death earlier along with other three convicts of the Nirbhaya case. In May the apex court upheld the order of Delhi High Court, which had sentenced the all four convicts named as Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh to death. Now Today in the hearing of review petitions filed by Mukesh and the Supreme court adjourns the case till January.
Five years ago on December 16, 2012, gang rape took place in Delhi with 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, Nirbhya, in a moving bus with 6 people. She has succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012. She died during treatment in Singapore.
Advocate M L Sharma who is representing convict Mukesh, told the bench of the supreme court while applying the petition that there were certain issues which were not considered by the apex court. Advocate Sharma, also alleged that the convict Mukesh was tortured by the police.
Ram Singh, one of the accused person had hanged himself in the jail while others are found guilty in the case. The incident of this gang rape has changed the law and people’s mindset to a lesser extent in India regarding the rape. After the recommendations of the Verma Committee, the government made a lot of changes in the law of rape in 2013 and in some cases allowed execution of execution.
After this incident, the definition of rape was extended to law. New crime related to the acid attack and sexual harassment has also been defined. The government had to constitute a panel headed by former Chief Justice JS Verma. The panel was asked to suggest ways to change the law so that crimes against women get expedited and speedy justice.