New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the brutal gangrape and murder of the 23-year-old paramedic student nicknamed Damini and Nirbhaya here on December 16, 2012.
This gangrape and murder shook the nation's conscience and led to widespread protests.
A bench of justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani confirmed the sentence of Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh, saying the offence committed by them falls in the category of rarest of the rare and upheld their conviction.
“Death reference is accepted. Death sentence awarded by the trial court is affirmed. The appeals of the convicts are dismissed,” the bench said.
The parents of the victim were also present in the court at the time of pronouncement of the verdict.
“We have got full faith in the judiciary. We had expected this verdict. But the ultimate satisfaction will be when the convicts meet to their ultimate fate,” the mother of the 23-year-old paramedic told the media outside court room after the verdict was delivered.
“Hume pura nyay tabhi milega jab sab faansi par latkaye jaege (We will get justice only when all of them will be hanged),” she said.