In January 2019, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court rejected the curative petitions of convicts, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh. On 7 January 2020 a death warrant was issued for the Nirbhaya rapists by a Delhi court, setting an execution date of 22 January 2020 at 7 am IST in Tihar Jail.
After seven years of a tortuous legal battle, daughter of the country – Nirbhaya – on the wee hours of Friday finally got the much-awaited justice she deserved. All four convicts, after their advice’s legal maneuver and various delay tactics, were hanged to death in Delhi’s Tihar Jail sharp at 5:30 am today. Pawan Jallad, the hangman from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district, was tasked with the duty to hold the four convicts.
A handful of posters reading “thanks to the judiciary” and “the morning of justice” surfaced outside the Tihar Jail premises today. Security was beefed up outside the Jail insight of the hanging of 4 convicts.
In her first reaction, Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi expressed satisfaction that justice was finally delivered and said that her faith within the judiciary had been vindicated.
“Our fight for the security of daughters across the country will continue,” she said.
“I returned from the Supreme Court, hugged my daughter’s photograph and told her: ‘Today, justice has been delivered’.”
“I dedicate today – March 20 to all or any the ladies within the country because Nirbhaya got justice, today,” she said.
As the clock struck 5.30 a.m. on Friday the gang assembled outside the Jail burst into celebration and even distributed sweets. Slogans of ‘Nirbhaya zindabad’ and ‘live long Nirbhaya’ were also raised.
“We have come here to ascertain justice unfold before our eyes,” said Dolly Malik, an air hostess by profession. Social activist Yogita Bhayana looked visibly excited for the execution and said, “I’m here to witness the Judgment Day. Sweets are going to be distributed.”
According to reports, the executions were administered as per the rules prescribed under the Delhi Prison Rules, 2018. As per the prison rules, all four prisoners were first marched to the scaffold with their hands pinioned behind their backs.
A cotton cap with a flap was then placed on their face just before they entered the gallows enclosures. The Jail Superintendent, District Magistrate and medic were also present at the venue where the executions happened.
A Delhi court on Friday turned down another maneuver adopted by the convicts — Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay (31) — and dismissed an application seeking a stay their execution on the grounds of pending legal remedies.
The Patiala House Court, which had earlier set 5:30 am because the time of execution for the Nirbhaya convicts refused to remain the death warrants issued by it for brutally raping and murdering a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, later dubbed as ‘Nirbhaya’, on December 16, 2012.
Advocate AP Singh then moved the Delhi supreme court on late Thursday night challenging the Trial Court’s order. during a late-night hearing, even the Delhi supreme court dismissed Singh’s plea for not adhering to prerequisite technicalities before filing the petition.
“There is not any annexure, no memo of parties, there’s nothing during this matter, no affidavits, nothing. does one have the permission to file this petition?” the Judge had asked the council.
The death-row convicts, represented by an advocate, had knocked on the doors of the court two days before the execution seeking a stay there hanging. A bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna during today’s hearing said that no ground was made the call at Akshay’s plea for review of the choice rejecting mercy petition.
Soon after a Delhi court on Thursday paved the way for the hanging of the four death house convicts within the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, the victim’s mother Asha Devi said that “this is that the moment of justice for the entire country”.
This is how the entire saga, that the whole country waited with bated breath, came to an end and justice was imparted to India’s daughter, Nirbhaya.
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