After roughly five years of the gruesome Nirbhaya Gangrape and Murder case, today the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of the 4 convicts in the case. The court called the crime as “the story of a different world”. “If ever a case called for hanging, this was it,” said the three judges, confirming the death penalty handed by two courts. The court referred to the dying declaration of Nirbhaya and said the “brutal and demonic” crime had been proved beyond doubt.

“The accused were obsessed about ravishing her life, she was treated as an object of enjoyment,” said the judges, noting that the offense created a “tsunami of shock”. The convicts, they said, also tried to run over the woman and her friend after dumping them on a road, naked and bleeding.

Amidst the global outrage about the case, four of the rapists were sentenced to death in 2013 which was also later confirmed by the high court. The convicts then moved the Supreme court for mercy, but today the decision was upheld by the Supreme court also.

The convicts still have the option of appealing twice against the Supreme Court ruling and also a presidential pardon.

Here is Nirbhaya’s dying spine-chilling declaration from the case files.

What is your name, your father’s name and address?
Delhi brave heart – My name is XYZ, father name is XYZ and we live in XYZ

Do you study or do you work?
I recently completed Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

When and where did the incident take place?
It happened on December 16, 2012 between 9 and 9.15 pm

Where did you go that day and how did you reach the crime spot?
I went out with my friend to the Select City Walk Mall to watch Life of Pi between 6 and 8.30 pm. From there we took an autorickshaw to Munirka

How did you go from there?
I saw a white bus. The conductor(later identified as the juvenile convict) was seeking passengers for Dwarka. I had to go to Dwarka Sector 1. We paid ten rupees each as fare.

How many people were there on the bus?
When I boarded the bus, I saw 6-7 persons inside.

What happened inside the bus? Tell us in detail.
When the bus reached Malay Mandir, the conductor closed the door. They switched off the light. They started abusing my friend. I stopped him. They took me to the back of the bus. They raped me. They assaulted me. They bit me and hit me with an iron rod.They took my friends’ mobile phone, wallet and credit card.They were six of them. They even took out my intestines. Those six men raped me for about an hour.

Did the bus stop anywhere?
No

Did anyone call 100 (police control room number) or did you shout on seeing a police picket?
They had taken our cellphones when the scuffle started. We could not call for help. My friend and I shouted inside the bus but nobody heard our cries.

During the incident, did you hear them talk? Did they take names? What did they look like?
During the whole incident, I heard them say, “Stop. Hold her. Take her back.” They abused me. They shouted names like Ram Singh, Thakur, Mukesh, Raju, Pawan, Vinay. It was dark so they all looked the same. From their appearance and their way of speaking, it looked they were illiterate drivers, conductors.

Were you conscious the whole time? Were you aware what was happening?
I was awake and conscious but fainted later. They were kicking and punching me. When my friend tried to protect me, they beat him with an iron rod.

What happened after that?
They had removed my friend’s clothes too. We were thrown off the bus. We were on the side of a road, when someone saw us and called the police control room.

What do you wish for those men who did this to you?
They should be hanged until death so that they are not able to do such a thing to anyone else. Or they should be burned alive. I am giving this statement before a magistrate without any force or coercion.

Signed: December 21,9 pm, Safdarjung ICU

h/t : Hindustan Times

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