After a battle of seven years, justice has finally been served within the December 2012, Nirbhaya gang-rape case.
All the four convicts who committed the heinous crime – Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh – were hanged to death on Friday 5.30 am at Tihar jail.
After the hanging, jail authorities said, ‘This may be a historical day, as for the primary time, four men are executed in Tihar.’
‘As soon as they were executed, I hugged my daughter’s photo. Justice was delayed during this case, but not denied. Today all the ladies in India are going to be confident and happy because they too wanted them hanged. Women across the state will safe now.’ said Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi.
I would wish to request the govt and my fellow citizens, to watch today – March 20 – as ‘Nyay Diwas’, she added.
‘Although my mind is asleep now, i will be able to not sit quietly. My fight against for justice will continue. I also request the Supreme Court to line up guidelines to deliver quick justice in such cases. The court should found out guidelines where the gangrape culprits will get just one chance to file mercy petition. Also, we’d like more means courts,’ Devi added.
The bodies of all the four convicts were brought right down to the gallows after half-hour of hanging. As per rules, the bodies had to be kept hanging for half-hour before being lowered.
According to the jail officials, after the bodies were lowered, the medical officers confirmed their death.
‘The bodies are sent to Deen Dayal hospital for autopsy and postmortem. The procedure will begin from 8 am. A five-member panel headed by Dr BN Mishra will conduct the autopsies on the bodies. The autopsies are going to be video-graphed,’ said one among the jail authority.
Further, the officials added the lockdown imposed during the execution has been lifted. The jail in-charge also held a flag March inside the prison to make sure peace and order. As per protocol, the lockdown is imposed hours before the execution that happened at 5.30 am.
The 23- year old medico was brutally gang-raped and murdered during a moving bus by six men, stripped naked and thrown out on the road on the chilly night of December 16 2012.
The incident was so brutal that it shocked the whole nation resulting in protests in every city across the country.
On the day of the attack, Nirbhaya along side her male friend was expecting a bus at Delhi’s Munirka area after watching a movie. the 2 boarded a personal run bus, where six men transitioned all the lights, beat up the male victim and raped the 23-year-old brutally.
The convicts inserted an iron rod into her genitalia which caused irreparable damage to her body and she or he succumbed to her injuries after struggling for 13 days.
There was an enormous uproar within the nation that forced the govt to bring amendments in rape laws within the Indian system .
The hangman, Pawan, who had reached Tihar Jail on Tuesday, three days before the hanging and conducted necessary dummy hangings, pulled the lever at the scheduled time.
The gang rape case created an uproar across the country, especially in Delhi where an out sized number of individuals came out on the streets, demanding justice for the victim, who was renamed as ‘Nirbhaya’ or the fearless.
On Friday, many people gathered outside Tihar jail, holding placards and banners and raising slogans in support of the hanging of the convicts. Security outside the jail had been tightened.
What happened to the six convicts?
All the convicts were arrested and kept in Tihar jail. one among the convict, Ram Singh, committed suicide by hanging himself inside his cell on March 2013.
The juvenile perpetrator was convicted of rape and murder and served three years in jail. He was released soon after he turned eighteen.
The other four convicts- Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, and Mukesh Singh – were convicted of rape, kidnapping, murder in September 2013 by a ‘fast track’ trial during a Metropolitan Magistrates’ Court and were sentenced to death.
Changes made within the Indian system after Nirbhaya case:
In 2013, Nirbhaya fund was launched by the central government for ladies safety, security and empowerment.
The same year, an Act was gone by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha– the legal code (Amendment) Act, 2013, referred to as the Nirbhaya Act.