A Delhi Court on Tuesday issued death warrant against four convicts in Nirbhaya gang rape case. As per the warrant, convicts will be hanged on January 22 at 7 am.
The order was passed by Additional Sessions Judge Satish Arora pursuant to a plea by Nirbhaya’s parents to expedite their execution.
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On December 16, 2012, six men in Delhi had brutally gang-raped a young woman, later named ‘Nirbhaya’, in a moving bus. The victim succumbed to her injuries two weeks later at a hospital in Singapore. The six accused were apprehended by the police.
Of the six accused, the main accused committed suicide in Tihar jail during the course of the trial and the juvenile accused was sentenced to three years in a remand home upon conviction. The remaining four were handed a death penalty by the Additional Sessions Judge.
The four convicts had then approached the Delhi High Court in appeal. After the High Court upheld the lower court verdict, the Supreme Court too upheld the death penalty in May 2017.
In July 2018, the Supreme Court dismissed review petitions filed by three of the accused i.e Mukesh, Vinay and Pawan.
The fourth convict, Akshay’s review petition was dismissed by the Supreme Court in December last year.
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