Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old paramedic student, was gangraped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the road.
Reports : New Delhi
A New Delhi court on today on January 7, 2020 ordered death warrant for all four Nirbhaya rapists bringing an end to a long-drawn judicial process. Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora fixed January 22 as the date of hanging for all the four accused in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case. Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old paramedic student, was gangraped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the road.
Delhi’s Tihar jail authorities have reportedly prepared four new gibbet to hand the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case. The judge, who issued the death warrants, said the convicts can use their legal remedies within 14 days. The Nirbhaya convicts would be hanged at 7 am on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
Nirbhaya’s grandfather at her native village bordering Bihar said, “Though late, the family has got justice.” He said that though the court took almost seven years to complete the entire process, no one can say that he was denied a chance to be heard. “It is a big relief for the family,” he added.
“We will file a curative petition in Supreme Court,” Nirbhaya convicts’ lawyer AP Singh said.
The judgement has come after Nirbhaya’s parents had filed a plea seeking to expedite the procedure to hang all the four convicts in the case and issuance of death warrant against them.
All the four convicts were produced in the court via video conferencing from Tihar jail room number 2. The court on Monday had reserved order on issuing of death warrants against four death row convicts in the sensational 2012 Nirbhaya Gangrape and murder case.
The prosecutor has also urged the court to issue death warrants to convicts, however, the court was informed by the lawyers of convicts that they are in the process of filing a curative plea.
During the hearing, the prosecution said there was no application pending before any court or the President right now by any of the convicts and the review petition of all the convicts was dismissed by the Supreme Court.
Notably, Pawan Gupta, one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case, was shifted to Tihar Jail from Mandoli jail late on Sunday night. With the fresh development, all convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case were now in Tihar Jail. This had triggered speculations about a possible hanging of the convicts soon. Three other convicts – Akshay Thakur, Mukesh Singh and Vinay Sharma were already in Tihar Jail.