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Thursday, 13 August 2020 8.57 PM IST

JUSTICE FOR NIRBHAYA AFTER SEVEN YEARS: ALL FOUR CONVICTS HANGED TO DEATH IN TIHAR JAIL

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NEW DELHI: The four Nirbhaya case convicts, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh, were hanged to death at 5.30 am in Delhi's Tihar jail on Friday, ending a seven-year-long legal battle.

According to protocol, the bodies of the four men will remain hanging for the next 30 minutes after which they will be lowered and examined by a doctor. The bodies will then be sent for post-mortem after which they will be released to the respective families.

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.

There's hectic activity outside Delhi's Tihar Jail hours before the four men were to be executed. Hundreds of people had gathered outside the jail premises in Delhi where paramilitary forces had been deployed to ensure security.

Lockdown had also been imposed at Delhi's Tihar Jail ahead of the scheduled executions of the four men. As per protocol, all inmates at a jail were kept locked in their cells before their executions.
Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) had been convicted of the savage assault in an empty moving bus on the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern who came to be known the world over as Nirbhaya, the fearless one. The brutal incident took place on December 16, 2012

This is the first time that four men have been hanged together in Tihar Jail, South Asia's largest prison complex that houses more than 16,000 inmates. The executions were carried out after the men exhausted every possible legal avenue to escape the gallows. Their desperate attempts only postponed the inevitable by less than two months after the first date of execution was set for January 22.

They were hanged at 5.30 am, Director General of Prison Sandeep Goel said.

After raping and brutalising the woman, the men, one of whom was a juvenile at the time, dumped her on the road and left for dead on the cold winter night. Her friend who was with her was also severely beaten and thrown out along with her. She was so severely violated that her insides were spilling out when she was taken to hospital. She died in a Singapore hospital after battling for her life for a fortnight.

Six people, including the four convicts and the juvenile, were named as accused.

While Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail days after the trial began in the case, the juvenile was released in 2015 after spending three years in a correctional home.

The road to the gallows was a long and circuitous one, going through the lower courts, the High Court, the Supreme Court and the president's office before going back to the Supreme Court that heard and rejected various curative petitions.

The death warrants were deferred by a court thrice on the grounds that the convicts had not exhausted all their legal remedies and that the mercy petition of one or the other was before the president.

On March 5, a trial court issued fresh death warrants for March 20 at 5.30 am as the final date for the execution.

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