Rekha Sharma, the chairperson of the National Commission for Women, also welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict. The men were among four sentenced to death for an attack that galvanized India, where widespread violence against women had always been quietly accepted.
While one accused, Ram Singh, killed himself in jail on 11 March 2013, the remaining four were awarded death penalty by a Delhi court on 10 September, 2013.
India's Supreme Court on Monday rejected the pleas to review the capital sentences of three assailants in a notorious gang rape and murder of a young college student that shook India in 2012, bringing them one step closer to eventual execution.
"Singh that death penalty has been abolished by the Parliament of United Kingdom in the year 1966 and several Latin American countries, and Australian states have also abolished death penalty, is no ground to efface death penalty from the statute book of our country", Justice Bhushan, writing the judgement for the bench, said while rejecting the review pleas filed by Vinay and Pawan.
"We always believed that the SC would dismiss the review petition, that's why we hadn't even thought of what future course of action we would take if they had accepted it".
The convicted assailants have not yet exhausted all legal options - they can still seek a curative petition from the court for example - so the process may drag out for years.
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He pleaded not guilty and never testified, but muttered and made incoherent remarks in court during the eight years of his trial. In 2016, police in Russian Federation conducted a number of raids on suspected cult members in Moscow and St Petersburg.
"This decision has only been made due to media pressure, public pressure, and public sentiments at the time".
Badrinath Singh, the victim's father, said he was "happy" with the SC decision.
The 23-year-old physiotherapy student was attacked on a bus as she and a male friend returned from watching a film in December 2012.
After 45 minutes she was then dumped on the street with horrific internal injuries, dying as a result of them 13 days later in a Singapore hospital.
The incident took place in Munirka, South Delhi. He walked out of a correction home in December 2015 after spending three years there.
The Supreme Court today said the abolition of death penalty by the British Parliament, several Latin American nations and Australian states was no ground to erase capital punishment from the statutes in India. "I request the judiciary to tighten their judicial system", she told ANI. "The appetite for sex, the hunger for violence, the position of the empowered and the attitude of perversity to say the least, are bound to shock the collective conscience which knows not what to do". "Far-reaching procedural and institutional reforms are the need of the hour", Basu added.