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SC blocks death sentence of two in Dec 16 gang rape

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday suspended the death sentence of Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur, the two remaining convicts in the Dec 16, 2012, gang rape case, as it extended its March 15 order blocking execution of the death sentence of the two other convicts - Mukesh and Pawan Gupta - in the same case.

Meanwhile, the father of the Dec 16 Delhi gang-rape victim said he was not happy with the Supreme Court's decision to suspend the death sentence of two of the convicts.

"I am not happy with the decision of the Supreme Court to issue a stay order on the high court's decision to give death sentence to two of those gang-rape convicts," the victim's father told IANS.

"The incident happened with my daughter. Despite the brutal act, she wanted to live but I failed to save her life. I have lost everything after her death. The Supreme Court judges should have feelings like me before taking any decision," said the distraught father.

He said his family members were shocked over the Supreme Court's decision.

"My last demand is death sentence to the convicts. I will fight for that," he added.

The Supreme Court Monday blocked the execution of Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur, the two remaining convicts on death row in the Dec 16, 2012, gang rape case, as it extended its March 15 order suspending the death sentence of the two other convicts - Mukesh and Pawan Gupta - in the same case.

The four convicts moved the Supreme Court, challenging the high court's order.

Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Ram Singh along with a juvenile were convicted of gang rape and assault on a 23-year-old physiotherapist student inside a private bus. The woman victim and her male friend were thrown out of the bus after the crime to die by a roadside.

The victim died of grave intestinal injuries Dec 29, 2012, at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

Of the two other convicts, Ram Singh committed suicide inside Delhi's Tihar jail, and the juvenile was sent to three years in an observation home in Delhi.

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