A Delhi court today deferred the matter of the mother of 'Nirbhaya' demanding to expedite the execution of the four convicts in the heinous case of gang rape and murder of December 2012 to December 18. Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora noted that since the decision on the review petition of one of the convicts, Akshay Singh is pending in the Supreme Court and will be heard on December 17, the court will hear the parent's plea on December 18.
While Asha Devi, who filed the plea last year in December, demands that the convicts should be hanged on December 16 she is convinced that that won't happen. There is also a lot of news stories doing rounds in the print as well as electronic media around the date of execution and the manner in which it will take place. She told SheThePeople.TV that the convicts and their lawyers are fooling everyone by filing a review petition now. “We filed the plea to expedite the execution a year ago, it is now that we have got the hearing date. We just want the judge to dismiss their petition and assign a date for the execution.”
On May 5, 2017, the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for the four convicts of the Nirbhaya gang-rape case. The four men convicted in the Delhi gang-rape on December 12, 2012, had petitioned against the death penalty awarded to them by the high court in 2014.
We also spoke to the lawyer of the mother, Jitendra Jha who said that the news around the execution date is completely fake. “In the age of social media, one cannot believe any new and when mainstream print and electronic media is also running this news, it just seems saddening,” he said.
On the convict Akshay Singh's review petition asking for leniency and blaming Delhi's polluted air and contaminated water of shortening life span, Jha says, “I don't even want to comment on the brains working behind the petition of the convicts, that of advocate A P Singh and M L Sharma. This review petition is extrajudicial as it has been filed so late despite the fact that when the SC was hearing the review petition of the other convicts Mukesh (30), Pawan Gupta (23) and Vinay Sharma (24) in July last year, it repeatedly asked Singh if he wants to file a review petition and he categorically refused to file it.”
He talked about the mother's petition that he filed last year and said that it has been a whole year and everybody was sleeping this whole year. “Nobody was bothered, the convicts lived their lives in peace in the Tihar jail, the government was sleeping. When the SC has awarded death penalty to the convicts then how dare all the authorities are sleeping?”
“We have fast track courts just for the sake of it. When we filed the plea last year, the judge was transferred from the court after that and we had to wait for so long for a hearing. The poor parents are constantly running from pillar to post and it is the duty of the state to render justice. Especially in this case which caught the attention of the international community and yet has been stretched out for so long, if you are unable to impute death sentence for so long then it should be completely wiped out from the stature book. If the whole purpose of the death sentence is to deter the crime and it is not being fulfilled because of such delay in justice them it must be omitted.”
While Asha Devi, who filed the plea last year in December, demands that the convicts should be hanged on December 16 she is convinced that that won't happen.
On May 5, 2017, the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for the four convicts of the Nirbhaya gang-rape case. The four men convicted in the Delhi gang-rape on December 12, 2012, had petitioned against the death penalty awarded to them by the high court in 2014. A bench headed by Justice Deepak Misra and consisting of Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan heard the case.
On December 12, 2012, a physiotherapy student named Jyoti Singh aka Nirbhaya exited a South Delhi mall at around 10.30 in the night after watching a movie with a male friend. The male friend and Jyoti took a bus to reach home. The bus had only six people inside, including the driver and conductor, who first beat up the friend and then brutally gang-raped Jyoti in the moving bus. They, then, threw Jyoti out on the road.