Nirbhaya case : Four convicts hanged at Tihar Jail in Delhi

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New Delhi, March 20, 2020: Over seven years after the national capital was rocked by gangrape, Nirbhaya has finally got justice.

All the four convicts of the case have been hanged. They were hanged at Tihar Jail in Delhi. A doctor confirmed their death following which their bodies were taken for post-mortem at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital. The panel of doctors will do the postmortem.

Outside the jail, people celebrated by distributing sweets. Nirbhaya’s mother said that women will feel safe after the hanging of the culprits. We will request the Supreme Court to issue guidelines so that no one can adopt a delaying strategy in such cases.

Earlier Defence lawyer Advocate AP Singh approached the Supreme Court at around 2 pm to stop the execution of the convicts of the Nirbhaya case following a setback from the lower court and the Delhi High Court, but the petition was dismissed. With this, the hanging of the culprits was also decided.

Many times the lawyer of the accused got reprimanded

On the other hand, during the hearing, the Supreme Court reprimanded advocate AP Singh, saying that you do not have a single plea to be heard, yet you are wasting the court’s time.

Drama went on throughout the day on Thursday, ended at 3:30 am Friday

Earlier on Thursday, the drama which continued throughout the day continued even at night. The defence lawyer filed a petition in the High Court at 8:30 pm, in which the verdict came after 11 pm and the petition was dismissed. After this, AP Singh approached the Supreme Court at around 2 am. After this, Justice Bhanumati heard the plea of the convicts at 2:30 am.

Lawyer AP Singh sat on dharna outside Supreme Court

Actually, only three lawyers were allowed to go to court. After this, AP Singh sat on a dharna for some time and started committing uproar, although later he reached court. He then argued in the apex court that all the shops were closed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, in which case he could not copy the photos of the documents. While the High Court has rejected his application on the basis of incomplete documents, he may be given some more time to present the documents.

He also said that since when has the trend of hanging a minor started in our country. He then tried to prove Pawan as a minor by showing some documents. However, all of them proved to be useless in court. The judge said that after all, why are you giving the same arguments already rejected by the Supreme Court. You have not presented any concrete evidence.

Meanwhile, advocate Shams Tahir also jumped into the debate and took up the case of assault with Pawan and asked for two days of deferment. He argued that Pawan was beaten up in jail, so he should be given justice. On this, the judge once again reprimanded him and said that you do not teach me. After this, the Supreme Court dismissed all the petitions at around 3.30 am, including one of Pawan’s minor.

The four convicts were hanged at 5.30 as per schedule.

What is Nirbhaya’s case ?

The 2012 Delhi gang rape case involved a rape and fatal assault that occurred on 16 December 2012 in Munirka, a neighbourhood in South Delhi. The incident took place when a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern, was beaten, gang raped, and tortured in a private bus in which she was travelling with her male friend. There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and beat her friend. Eleven days after the assault she was transferred to a hospital in Singapore for emergency treatment but died two days later.

The incident generated widespread national and international coverage and was widely condemned, both in India and abroad. Subsequently, public protests against the state and central governments for failing to provide adequate security for women took place in New Delhi, where thousands of protesters clashed with security forces. Similar protests took place in major cities throughout the country.

Since Indian law does not allow the press to publish a rape victim’s name, the victim was widely known as Nirbhaya, meaning “fearless”, and her struggle and death became a symbol of women’s resistance to rape around the world.