Sharma was one among six persons to brutally assault and gangrape a 23-year-old paramedical student on December 16, 2012 in a moving bus in south Delhi. The woman was later thrown out of the vehicle along with her male friend. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
After the incident in 2012, the country had seen widespread protests drawing attention of both national and international media. People in cities had took to roads clashing with police in demand of capital punishment to be awarded to the convicts. The incident also led to the promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013 by President Pranab Mukherjee that provides for stricter punishment in rape cases. Fast-track courts were set up to ensure trials were completed in a timely manner.
While the trial of the remaining four convicts is underway in the apex court, here’s what has happened to all the perpetrators so far:
Convicts: Ram Singh, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta and a juvenile
Prime accused: Ram Singh
The prime accused in the case – Ram Singh, the bus driver was found dead in a cell in Tihar Jail in March 2013 and proceedings against him were abated. Police officials had told reporters Singh had committed suicide in his jail cell.
A 17-year-old accused from Badayun, Uttar Pradesh who was a juvenile at the time of the crime was sentenced to 3 years in a reformation home. He was later released from the observation home in December 2015.
Four convicts: Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh and Pawan Gupta
Four of the convicts have approached the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court’s 2014 verdict that observed their offence to be rarest of rare. The trial is pending in the apex court. The High Court had upheld the death sentence earlier awarded to them by the trial court.
Akshay Thakur, who had come to Delhi seeking employment, was arrested in Aurangabad after the incident. Mukesh Singh, brother of the prime accused, was arrested in Rajasthan. Vinay Sharma, reportedly a gym instructor and Pawan Gupta, a fruit seller, were both arrested in Delhi.