After delaying the death execution thrice, the Judiciary system of India, finally served justice to 23 year old Nirbhaya, who was brutally gang raped.
On the 16th of December 2012, six men including a minor raped a 23 year old medical student. The six convicts were identified as Jai Singh, Sonu, Pawan Gupta, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Singh and Vinay Sharma. Jai Singh committed suicide in 2013, Sonu was a minor at the time of the crime and was released in 2015, after being detained at a juvenile remand home.
The remaining four convicts Pawan Gupta, Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Singh were given death sentences in 2013. However, due to the legal petitions and delay tactics of the convicts and their lawyers, the death execution was delayed by 7 years.
Finally, on the 20th of March at 5:30 A.M., all the four convicts were hanged. The execution took place at jail number 3 of Tihar Jail, Delhi. Hangman Pawan Jallad from Uttar Pradesh Police department said he was happy to execute Nirbhaya’s rapists.
After the convicts were hanged, a doctor examined them and declared them dead. Their corpses were shifted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for postmortem, following which the families of the dead rapists would get the bodies.
Meanwhile, Asha Devi, Nirbhaya’s mother, addressed the media and said, “Der se hi sahi par insaaf mila (delayed though, but we got justice.)” She further added, “The country’s daughters have got justice. Those people who have been with us for the past seven years…I want to thank the people of our country who supported us. The sun that rises tomorrow will be written in history. I want to thank the judiciary that Nirbhaya got justice today. I want to thank the President. I want to thank the court for rejecting the delay tactics. Finally, I want to thank two of our lawyers.”
Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi said, “It took 7 yrs for justice to be delivered. Today, we’ve 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.”
Rekha Sharma, the Chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW) said, “An example has been set today but it could have been done earlier. Now people know that they will be punished, you may extend the date but you will get punished.”
Celebrations are being held for the justice which Nirbhaya finally got. Twitter is flooded with messages with #NirbhayaVerdict #NirbhayaCase #Finally #AshaDevi.