NEWS: The people of India and those championing the cause of gender-based-violence are celebrating as the life of 4 the Delhi rapists came to an end. The four men convicted of the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case – Pawan Kumar Gupta, Mukesh, Vinay and Akshay – were hanged at 5.30 AM, seven years after their crime.
The Nirbhaya case has brought the focus back on crimes committed against women and children globally. Nirbhaya’s mother has requested India’s Supreme Court to issue guidelines so that no one can adopt delaying tactics in such cases in the future. Nirbhaya’s father Badrinath Singh said that he is keen to continue to fight to ensure that convicts like these do not misuse the judicial system to prolong the execution.
“Soon after the execution, I bowed before my daughter’s picture and hugged it,” she added. I’m proud of my daughter. Because of her the world knows me as Nirbhaya’s mother. I miss her very much.”Asha Devi
“As a father, my duty was to ensure that my daughter got justice. Now, if I need to, I will meet the union minister, government officials to urge them to make changes to our system so that convicts don’t misuse it.”
All four convicts of the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case – Pawan Kumar Gupta, Mukesh, Vinay and Akshay – were hanged at 5.30 AM and declared dead by a doctor after examination, said jail authorities in Tihar on Friday morning. After years of defense strategies, attempting to convince courts that their lives matter, the request for clemency has been turned down in every court that was approached.
‘Today Is Dedicated to Daughters Of the Country’: Asha Devi
It has been a 7-year-long legal battle for the Nirbhaya’s parents Asha Devi, Badrinath Singh. Speaking to media shortly after the four Nirbhaya convicts were hanged, the victim’s mother, Asha Devi, thanked the judiciary and the government for ensuring that the rapists of her daughter were executed. “It may have taken time, but justice was finally delivered,” she said.
India’s PM Narendra Modi tweeted “Justice has prevailed,” hours after the Nirbhaya convicts were hanged to death.
Death penalty is never the solution towards ending violence against women, rights group Amnesty International India said on Friday, calling the execution of the four Nirbhaya case convicts a “dark stain” on India’s human rights record.
Play catch-up here
Nirbhaya was a 23-year-old paramedic student who was brutally gang-raped on 16 December, 2012.
- The four convicts were hanged together at the Tihar jail giving the term ‘ride together, die together’ true meaning.
- Their bodies were taken for post-mortem
- The Delhi High Court heard an urgent late-night plea moved by the convicts’ lawyer AP Singh, challenging the trial court’s order which refused to stay the execution
- Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court dismissed the curative petition of convict Pawan Gupta claiming juvenility
Last rites for convicted Nirbhaya rapists
Bodies of the four Nirbhaya gang rape and murder convicts were handed over to their respective families for last rites on Friday, 20 March after the post-mortem was conducted at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, said jail officials.
Nirbhaya Convicts’ Hanging A Message to Every Criminal: Smriti Irani
Union Minister for Women & Child Development said that she greeted this day with aplomb that “justice has finally been done” to Nirbhaya.“Nirbhaya case convicts’ hanging is a message for every criminal that one day law will catch up with you.”Smriti Irani, WCD Minister
Took Seven Years But Justice Is Delivered: Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that it took seven years but “justice was delivered,” after all four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder, were hanged to death. “It took 7 yrs for justice to be delivered. Today, we have to take a pledge that a similar incident does not happen again. We’ve seen how the convicts manipulated the law until recently. There are a lot of loopholes in our system, we need to improve the system,” said Kejriwal.
Tracing the Nirbhaya case over the years
December 16, 2012 – A 23-year-old physiotherapy student is brutally raped on a moving bus in the Indian capital of New Delhi. She and her male companion are tortured. A metal pipe is shoved into her abdomen, and her intestines are pulled out. They are thrown on the road side and left for dead.
Five men and a juvenile are arrested. Shocked by the brutality of the crime, large crowds gather for candlelit vigils in cities throughout the country, expressing outrage and praying for the victim as she clings to life.
December 29, 2012 – The victim dies in a hospital in Singapore after battling serious internal injuries. Protests erupt across India, calling out government indifference, gaps in law enforcement and rising sexual crimes against women.
January 17 2013 – A fast-track court begins proceedings against the five men and one juvenile in the case.
March 11, 2013 – Ram Singh, one of the main accused in the case and the driver of the bus, is found hanging in his prison cell.
April 2, 2013 – A tough new anti-rape law is passed, making stalking a crime and introducing the death sentence for convicted rapists.
September 2013 – The fast-track court sentences all four adult men to death in the case. The juvenile accused is remanded for a three-year term in a detention centre and is released in 2015, after serving his term.
May 5, 2017 – India’s Supreme Court upholds the death penalty for the four remaining convicts. The men file review petitions challenging the order.
January 17, 2020 – Indian President Ram Nath Kovind rejects their pleas for mercy.
March 20, 2020 – The four men – gym instructor Vinay Sharma, bus cleaner Akshay Thakur, fruit seller Pawan Gupta and unemployed Mukesh Singh – are hanged at dawn in New Delhi’s Tihar prison.