The Indian Express:
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence awarded to four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape case by a Delhi fast-track court in 2013 and subsequently the Delhi High Court in 2014, rejecting the appeal filed by the convicts.
That we have to cheer that at 4 years and 4 months, this was a ‘fast track’ trial resolution is not a great testament of our due process.
Some things to remember:
- Jyoti Singh, the 23-year-old victim, lost her life on 29 Dec 2012 after immense suffering. Nothing can bring that back.
- The accused were given the death penalty as far back as September 2013. The High Court (in March 2014) & The Supreme Court rejected the appeals and upheld the death sentences.
- The main accused – who inserted a rusted iron rod into the victim, and gutted her intestines – was judged as a juvenile, released in December 2015 and given a grant of Rs. 10,000 and a sewing machine. He currently lives under an assumed name.
- The Juvenile Justice Act has since been amended in 2015 such that the age to try juveniles as adults if they commit heinous crimes was lowered to 16.