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09/07/2018 2:33 PM IST | Updated 09/07/2018 6:40 PM IST

Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty For Delhi Gangrape Convicts, Dismisses Their Review Plea

Three of the four convicts had filed pleas before the apex court against the death penalty.

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The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the review pleas filed by three of the four convicts in the Delhi gangrape case, upholding its previous order on their death penalty.

A bench of Chief Justice of India Deepak Mishra, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan delivered the judgement on the pleas of Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma.

While Jyoti Singh's mother was happy with the verdict, her father pointed out that threat to women had gone up in the recent years.

Meanwhile, the counsel of the convicts called it an injustice because of pressure from media.

Before the court delivered its verdict, the Jyoti Singh's mother said that she hoped for the death penalty to be upheld by the Apex court.

Asha Devi told News18, "Even a death penalty is less for the accused. But the verdict should set an example. Even now we see cases of rape and murder of young girls and women. This should stop."

Another accused in the case, Akshay Thakur, has not filed a review petition.

There were six accused in the case. Ram Singh committed suicide in prison and the sixth, a juvenile at the time he committed the crime served time at a correctional facility and has been released.

A death penalty was awarded to the four convicts in the case by the trial court and the Delhi High Court. The death penalty was upheld by the Supreme Court last year.

The verdict comes almost 6 years after paramedic student, Jyoti Singh, was brutally gangraped and disemboweled by the six men on the night of December 16, 2012.

The gruesome rape had prompted protests across the country.