The physiotherapy student and the friend were then dumped on the road.
Dec 16,2012: 23 year-old paramedical student is brutally gang raped and assaulted by 6 men in a private bus and thrown out of a moving vehicle with her male friend.
Protests continued in Delhi and several other cities for a fortnight, the number of days it took the victim to succumb to her injuries.
The victim's mother Asha Devi said, "I am proud of my daughter, I couldn't save her and that is a regret I'll always have..."
A bench comprising justices Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula said there has been gross delay in filing mercy plea and requested the counsel appearing for the convicts to present a substantial legal point.
In 2017, the Supreme Court upheld death sentences against four men, with judges ruling the crime met the "rarest of the rare" standard required to justify capital punishment in India. The Global Gender Gap report estimated the women workforce in the country fell to 18% in 2019 from 37% in 2006. The convicts' lawyer AP Singh had argued against the hanging saying that the legal remedies available were yet to be availed by some of the convicts. No valid ground has been brought to my notice to justify the stay of execution of death warrants.
July 9, 2018: The top Court rejects review petition filed by Sharma, Gupta and Singh.
Till last night, the convicts were engaged in a court battle in the hope of delaying the execution yet again. The remaining four rapists were awarded the death penalty in 2013 and hanged - seven years later. They had ordered new ropes from Buxar Jail, made by prisoners there. But finally all four were hanged in one go.
Public outrage over the crime mounted again in 2015 when the BBC broadcast a documentary called India's Daughter which included an interview with one of the convicts who blamed the victim for what happened to her. She had said that it had been seven years; her patience had run out, and that the culprits should be punished per the Supreme Court's directive.
"I want justice too. As a nation, we need closure", Asha had said in the petition.
Six men were arrested for the brutal attack.
Who will hang them? . The men were sentenced to death in September of 2013, five months after the new anti-rape law was passed. Ram Singh was 35 years old at the time of his death.
And one suspect was found dead in his cell having apparently taken his own life.
Preity Zinta shared that had the execution been carried out in 2012, the judicial system could have prevented so much crime against women, as there would have been a fear of the law.